Living close to Kettle Creek or the shores of Lake Erie could put you and your family
at risk during heavy rains, snowmelt, spring breakup and ice jams, or any wind-related
storm surge event for flooding. Knowing how to prepare and what to do during a flood
or any type of emergency in your area can significantly lower the risk of injury
On January 29, 2020 residents of Port Stanley were invited to join Kettle Creek
Conservation Authority, the Municipality of Central Elgin and the South West Public
Health for a public information session at the Port Stanley Arena on how to prepare
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority in cooperation with the Municipality of Central
Elgin play a signiﬁcant role in the protection of life and property from natural
hazards such as ﬂooding by ﬂood forecasting, monitoring and notification which allows
communities an opportunity to put emergency plans into operation, evacuate communities
if necessary, and secure property in areas that are more likely to ﬂood.
At any time of the year, when there is ﬂooding, the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
will issue three levels of messages:
- Watershed Conditions Statement
- Water Safety indicates that high ﬂows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other
factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children
or pets. Flooding is not expected.
- Flood Outlook gives 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, ice jams, lakeshore ﬂooding or erosion.
- Flood Watch - Notiﬁes that the potential for ﬂooding exists within speciﬁc
watercourses and 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.
Steps that can be taken to manage risk that floods pose to people and property.
Learn How To Prepare Three-day Supply Per Person Emergency Survival Checklist
- Flashlight and batteries
- Radio and batteries or crank radio
- Spare batteries (for radio or flashlight)
- First-aid Kit
- Candles and matches/lighter
- Extra car keys and cash
- Important papers (identification)
- Food and bottled water
- Clothing and footwear
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Toilet paper and other personal items
- Backpack/duffel bag (to hold all of the emergency survival kit items)
- Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
- Playing cards
Before the ﬂood
- Learn about your municipality's emergency plan, Notification App and warnings, evacuation routes and
locations for emergency shelters.
- Listen to warnings and advisories on mobile phone, radio, television, web sites and posted to
- Follow instructions of emergency response ofﬁcials, such as police, ﬁre and municipal
- Follow instructions from your utility supplier to safely shut down and protect furnaces
and other appliances.
- Ensure your pets and livestock are relocated ahead of time outside of the ﬂood prone
- Secure or remove large items located in the flood plain such as lawn furniture,
boats, canoes, kayaks, docks, barbeques, sheds etc.
- Prepare a 72-Hour Emergency kit that can be easily accessed in case of evacuation.
During the ﬂood
- Prepare to evacuate if necessary. Collect necessary items such as cash, medication,
important papers, identiﬁcation and change of clothes.
- Resist the urge to tour ﬂooded areas. You may be putting your own life at risk and
could interfere with the work of emergency responders.
- Abide by road closed signs. Avoid, when possible, driving across a ﬂooded road.
The floodwaters could be hiding unseen dangers, or force your vehicle off the roadway.
After the ﬂood
- Do not return home until authorities advise it is safe to do so.
- If you suspect your building has suffered structural damage, contact your municipal
- If your main power switch was turned off prior to ﬂooding, or your main electrical
panel was underwater do not re-enter your home until a qualiﬁed electrician has
determined it is safe to.
- Do not eat food that has come into contact with ﬂood waters. If your drinking water
is from a municipal source consult your municipality to determine if it is safe
to drink. If your drinking water is from a private well, have your well checked
by a qualiﬁed well technician, and your water tested.
- All damaged household items should be discarded through municipal solid waste removal
where possible or taken directly to a commercial waste facility.
For more information visit:
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
Municipality of Central Elgin
South West Public Health