Brock officials are closely watching a storm that is predicted to roll through Niagara over the next 24 to 30 hours bringing with it up to 50 mm of rain.
Earlier today Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for Niagara noting that heavy rain is expected this afternoon and into this evening. There is also a chance of snow, freezing rain and/or ice pellets.
Additionally, possible thunderstorms may result in higher rainfall amounts. And significant snow melt due to the rising temperatures will also be a concern.
As the rain comes to an end on Friday, strong winds will start to pick up out of the southwest with gusts to 70 or 80 km/h possible.
The University is also monitoring for any watershed conditions or flood outlook notices from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA).
In their “Flood Outlook for February 20, 2014” the NPCA notes that at the present time, “all major and minor watercourses are frozen and water levels remain well below critical thresholds.”
Individuals are reminded to keep well away from streams and creeks as banks may be slippery and the ice unstable. Drivers are also being reminded of the increased risk of water and ice over roads and should be particularly careful when driving at night.
Brock officials will continue to monitor our local partners and provincial warnings and make any information relevant to this storm available to the Brock community. Facilities Management is making make provisions to respond to any impacts from significant rain and high winds at the University.
If there are any issues or concerns on campus, please contact Facilities Management at x3717.
To report an emergency or situation requiring immediate response, please contact Campus Security at x3200.