Water levels receding along most of Grand River watershed: GRCA

New Hamburg flood 2020

A resident canoes along a flooded New Hamburg street after a weather event

"The worst of the weather is over, but we could continue to see flooding here at the Grand River as we see some snow and ice melt and some of the water continues to travel down to the river", said Aaron Dimick, the Jackson Public Information Officer.

River flows in the Grand River through the southern watershed have peaked through Brantford, Brant County, Six Nations, and Caledonia and will slowly recede through the week. Reservoirs in the northern and central portions of the watershed were used to reduce downstream flooding during this event.

"River flows throughout the watershed will remain high through this week while runoff from this event moves through the system", a flood update reads in part.

Flows in the Grand River through Cayuga are still expected to peak in the 1270 cm/s range late Monday evening. The river is expected to to reach 16.5 feet by Monday, with impacts on the south side of the river at Pine Bluff Road west of Route 47 and Dwight Road. But on Monday afternoon, some areas still had road closures because of flooding.

Flows near Cayuga and Dunville are expected to exceed those experienced during the June 2017 flood. "Conway Park will be notified, and this area will be closely monitored". The conservation that many trees and branches were swept into the river during the weekend storm, which is causing additional hazards in the waterways.

"These levels will equate to impassable roads, yards under water and potentially some water in basements", said Louis Hunt, the Kent County Emergency Management coordinator and a lieutenant with the Kent County Sheriff's Office, about the expected crest. A National Weather Service flood warning is in effect until further notice.

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