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Flood warning extended for Ontario's Grand River watershed

Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 1:04 PM -

Warming temperatures combined with recent heavy rain has resulted in rising water levels across parts of southern Ontario.

"River levels are elevated throughout the watershed but are expected to recede slowly as rainfall from Sunday and Monday drains from the system," said the Grand River Conservation Authority in their latest flood message on Tuesday. "As a result, the GRCA is extending the Flood Warning message issued on April 14th for the Grand, Conestogo and Speed Rivers. The flood watch for other portions of the watershed remains in effect."

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According to the GRCA, the Shand Dam has already reach its capacity, while the Conestogo and Guelph Dams are within a normal operating range.

"Discharge from Conestogo Dam has been reduced as the inflow to Conestogo Reservoir is decreasing. Discharges will remain high for several days in the Grand, Conestogo and Speed Rivers," adds the GRCA.

Officials say despite the snow that fell across the region Tuesday, the calmer forecast on Wednesday and Thursday should help with the current conditions.

"GRCA staff will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and provide updates to this flood message based on observed and forecast weather conditions. This message is in effect until noon on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at which time it will be updated," adds the GRCA.

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