As Hamilton hospitals deal with flood damage from frozen pipes, the Hamilton Conservation Authority is warning homeowners to brace for flooded watercourses as Hamilton emerges from a deep winter freeze.
As temperatures are forecast to climb as high as 10 C on Saturday, the combination of rain and melting ice and snow will result in high water levels.
According to Environment Canada and the Ministry of Natural Resources, 10 to 30 millimetres of rain is predicted for Friday and Saturday, with a large portion of the rainfall occurring on Saturday.
The forecasted rainfall combined with snow melt will result in higher and rapidly increasing water levels in area watercourses.
The HCA is advising residents to keep a close watch on local conditions. It is advised that people exercise caution near all water bodies, as fast moving water and slippery banks may pose a significant hazard. Adults are advised to keep children and pets away from watercourses.