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Spring Melt Message

Mar 10, 2010

(TORONTO, March 10, 2010) Toronto and Region Conservation, along with other Conservation Authorities, remind residents that mild spring weather can also create dangers that exist on local streams, rivers, ponds and lakes during the spring breakup. The onset of spring will again bring melting snow, rain and breakup of ice along rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. During this time of year residents can expect higher, faster flowing water in most watercourses. In addition, slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can lead to very hazardous conditions close to any water body. Residents are asked to exercise caution around any water body over the next few weeks to help make this a safe and enjoyable spring.

In 2009/2010 Ontario experienced a winter that began in the second week of December with minor thaws occurring in January and February. In the Toronto area, total snowfall amounts for the winter, to date, have been generally much less than normal; and recent warm weather has resulted in the loss of some of our snow, however, a large portion of the snow that has fallen in the northern portions of our watersheds has remained. In addition to this, most lakes and rivers are still covered or partially covered with ice, making these areas extremely dangerous.

Flood Duty Officers in the Toronto and Region Conservation's Flood Forecasting and Warning centre monitors weather and watershed conditions on a continuous basis to forecast any public safety or flood risk conditions along rivers and streams in our area.  Upon forecast of a risk related to flooding, the centre issues the appropriate flood messages providing advice to Municipalities and media.


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With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®-a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at




For more information contact: Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation, 416-661-6600 ext 5632,


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