River conditions returning to normal after June flooding
BRANTFORD/SIX NATIONS – River flows in the Grand River watershed are returning to normal levels for this time of year, a few weeks after the record rainfall flood that took place in late June.
The majority of warning buoys and booms that were displaced due to high river flows have now been relocated in the rivers, upstream of dams. The buoys and booms are one of many safety procedures developed by the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) to reduce the risk for those participating in water activities on rivers. While the water around dams can look peaceful, the area upstream and downstream is much more dangerous than it appears. Water surges through gates or over the dam, creating strong undertows and backwash below the dam, where a person can become trapped below the water. River users are reminded to be cautious and obey warning signage.
Elora Gorge Tubing: Tubing activities offered at Elora Gorge Park resumed on Saturday, July 8. Tubing operates daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning in late June until around Labour Day, when river and weather conditions allow. It’s important for park visitors to keep in mind that tubing takes place on a natural river and the activity may shut down without notice for many different reasons. You can find out the current status of tubing by calling the park directly at 519-846-9742, and pressing 1.
Trail Damage and Debris in Waterways – Stay Safe: The June rainfall event washed a large amount of debris into waterways throughout the watershed, and several trails were also damaged. Recreational river users and park visitors are reminded to be aware that this poses additional risk as debris and obstructions may not be evident on the surface of the water. Conservation authority and municipal staff continue to assess damage and remove hazards on trails. The GRCA continues to remind the public to use caution and keep safety in mind when participating in recreational activities in the water and on the trails throughout the watershed.
For more information on flows, weather and reservoir conditions see the River Data section of the GRCA website.