Severe Weather Warning Issued for Oakville: July 10, 2013: 5:06 PM

Severe Weather Warning Issued for Oakville: July 10, 2013: 5:06 PM
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Environment Canada is forecasting heavy rains in Halton beginning this afternoon and evening with large hail, damaging winds or heavy rainfall. Wind gusts to 90 km/h are possible with these storms, as well as hail 2 cm in diameter and heavy downpours up to 50 mm in an hour.

 

“Halton Region’s Emergency Management team is closely monitoring the rainstorm and Environment Canada forecasts and is in contact with local municipal emergency management staff, local utilities and other partner agencies,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “In advance of the heavy rain, residents can also take steps to be prepared, like having emergency kits ready.”

 

Heavy rainfall can result in flooding. Be aware of flood hazards. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds or low-lying ground can flood. Additionally, during a rainstorm, pressure on home drainage and municipal drainage systems increases significantly which can result in surface flooding and/or flooded basements.

 

Residents are advised to take the following steps prior to the rainstorm:

• Check the radio, television or halton.ca/beprepared for updates, information or instructions.

• Stock up on water and ready-to-eat food, as well as battery-powered or wind-up flashlights and radios – and extra batteries. In other words, have an Emergency Go-Kit and a Shelter-in-Place/Stay at Home Kit in your home. Keep an Emergency Car Survival Kit in your car and your gas tank filled above halfway.

• Install weather protection sealant around basement windows and at the base of ground-level doors.

• Ensure downspouts drain a sufficient distance from your home so water flows away from the building.

• To lessen the likelihood of street flooding, help clean storm sewer catch basins near your house or business. The grates of catch basins can become clogged with leaves or litter, preventing storm water from draining away.

• Keep your important documents and your Emergency Kits in an area of your home, protected from potential flood damage, such as an upper floor.

 

During the rainstorm residents should:

• In the event of high water conditions, stay away from waterways, rivers and lakes.

• If you experience a backup of water and/or sewage in your home, contact Halton Region by dialing 311.

• If you experience surface flooding caused by blocked catch basins, contact your Local Municipality by dialing 311.

• During major storms, the Halton Regional Police Service frequently receives 911 calls reporting damage to trees or property. Unless the storm has caused immediate danger or risk to someone’s personal safety, dial 311 rather than 911.

• For damage to private property, residents should contact their insurance service provider.

You can stay up to date on the storm by checking www.halton.ca/beprepared, by monitoring Halton’s Twitter feed @BPreparedHalton or by listening for the latest warnings and advisories on radio or television, or dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, Toll free 1-866-442-5866 or TTY 905-827-9833.

 

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