St. Thomas - A strong low-pressure system moving through the area will bring strong
winds and rain this evening and overnight prompting the Kettle Creek Conservation
Authority to issue a watershed conditions statement—flood outlook. "Currently water
levels throughout the watershed are higher than normal and fast flowing," says Jennifer
Dow, water conservation supervisor for the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.
Forecast rainfall of 20-30 mm of rain on partially frozen ground conditions is likely
to cause enhanced runoff and high water conditions throughout the watershed.
Gale force winds on Lake Erie are expected to come from the southwest this evening
before switching to west overnight with gusts up to 90 km/h possible. While sustained
winds and gusts can cause storm surge and shoreline flooding in Port Stanley, based
on current weather conditions, KCCA does not anticipate any significant flood uprush
Residents are encouraged to exercise caution near ditches, streams, creeks and reservoirs.
The combination of slippery banks and fast flowing water is very dangerous. Parents
in particular are urged to keep their children away from waterways and flood prone
areas during times of high flow.
KCCA will closely monitor local conditions and will provide any updates warranted.
This Watershed Conditions Statement—Flood Outlook will remain in effect until Wednesday,
January 2, 2019. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca
or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Twitter.
The Kettle Creek Conservation Authority issues three levels of messages:
- Watershed Conditions Statement: a general notice of weather conditions that could
pose a risk to personal safety or which have the potential to lead to flooding.
There are two variations of these:
- Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety: High flows, unsafe banks, melting
ice or other factors could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers,
canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected
- Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook: 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
- 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. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with
flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.