Flood Warning & Forecasting

Flood Warning & Forecasting

CVC uses real-time stream flow, water level and precipitation information to determine potential flood conditions and to issue warnings for the Credit River Watershed.

CVC uses an easy to identify colour-coded warning system. When flooding is possible or about to occur, CVC also issues flood messages to municipal flood coordinators, emergency services and the media based on the following criteria. Please note that even during normal flow conditions, the risk to personal safety associated with flowing water still exists.

Gauging Colours Table


NORMAL generally indicates low flow to base flow conditions. It should be noted that during Normal flow conditions, the inherent risk to personal safety associated with flowing water still exists.


WATER SAFETY STATEMENT High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.


FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.


FLOOD WATCH Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.


FLOOD WARNING Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.

For more information, please contact us at 905-670-1615 during office hours.

View the Flood and Floodproofing Resource list compiled by CVC.

View river and stream water levels in real-time.


Note to Public:  CVC’s role during a flooding event is to monitor current watershed conditions and weather forecasts, predict river and creek conditions, and communicate our findings to the public, municipalities and media.  For more information about this message please call CVC between 8:30 and 4:30 (Monday to Friday) at 905-670-1615 and ask for the Flood Duty Officer.  If you are concerned about high water levels in your area, please contact your municipality. For emergencies requiring police, fire or ambulance, call 9-1-1. 

Note to Municipal, Provincial and Conservation staff:  For more information about this message please call CVC between 8:30 and 4:30 (Monday to Friday) at 905-670-1615 and ask for the Flood Duty Officer.  For after-hours inquiries, please phone our answering service at 1-800-215-8505 whom will forward your message to CVC’s Flood Duty Officer.

Note to media: For more information about this message please call CVC between 8:30 and 4:30 (Monday to Friday) at 905-670-1615 and ask for the Media Information Coordinator.  For after-hours inquiries, please phone our answering service at 1-800-215-8505 whom will forward your message to Media Information Coordinator.

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