The 2014 winter has been uncommonly cold and snowy, resulting in a higher risk of spring flooding. This has been one of the coldest winters in the last 40 years. We did not get much of a “January thaw” in 2014; as a result, the snow has built up throughout the winter and is well above the long-term average.
As a result there is a very high potential for flooding this spring during the spring thaw as all of this water must make its way down the river systems.
Make sure you and your family are prepared. Check out the Ministry of Natural Resources Flood brochure or visit the MNR website for tips on how to prepare for a flood.
Severe Summer Weather
Keep an eye on the weather
Every morning before leaving you leave the house check the weather report for the day. If the forecast indicates the possiblity of foul weather check the weather reports throughout the day and watch the sky for signs that a storm may be coming and take appropriate action if you feel threatened. In the end, you are responsible for your own safety.
Monitor the local media
Listen to local radio and television and monitor local internet and social media sites for information and advice. Environment Canada will issue severe thunderstorm or tornado watches and warnings if heavy rain, high winds, tormadoes or large hail are possible or expected or happening.
A watch is a heads up that conditions are favourable for severe weather and there may be several hours to prepare.
A warning is an alert when severe weather is imminent or occurring and that it is time to take shelter and put into action your safety plan.
Weatheradio provides continuous information about current weather conditions, forecasts and alerts directly from Environement Canada's storm prediction centre. To get this service you need a special radio receiver which can be found at most electronic stores. In the Barrie area tune the radio to 152.475 or 162.400 or 162.550. During threatening weather keep it in the "alert" mode.
Have a plan
Don't be unprepared; make sure you knw in advance what to do if severe weather strikes. Choose a shelter or meeting place in the event you get separated.
Look for safe places at the cottage or campground well before strong winds or tornadoes threaten. Make sure your family is aware of them.
If no substantial shelter is available, leave trailers and lie in a low sheltered spot away from large trees, but be aware of flooding. As a last resort, take shelter in a grove of small low trees.
Think lightning safety
Stay away from fences and open areas such as golf courses and fields when lightening is in the area. Avoid being near tall objects such as trees, hilltops and telephone poles. Don't use metal objects such as golf clubs or fishing rods. Get out of the water and off small boats. Stop tractor work and lift metal equipment out of the ground.
When the sky roars get indoors
When you hear thunder, immediately take shelter; and remain sheltered for 30 minutes after you hear the last rumble of thunder.