St. Thomas, February 22, 2019 - KCCA is reminding residents to take extra caution near creeks and streams
heading into the weekend. Environment Canada is forecasting warmer temperatures
with periods of rain on Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday morning. Total
accumulation will be in the range of 10-20mm. In addition, damaging sustained winds
up to 65 km/h are expected Sunday afternoon.
"Currently water levels throughout the watershed are normal" says Jennifer Dow,
water conservation supervisor for the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. Field
observations taken along Kettle Creek down to Port Stanley indicated open water
in the upper reaches with ice cover starting just upstream of the lift bridge. Kettle
Creek in Port Stanley has less than five inches (12.7cm) of ice. "The forecasted
temperatures, rain and snow melt could cause an enhanced runoff event resulting
in elevated water levels and flows" says Dow.
In addition, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement ahead of
a sharp cold front moving through the region. Potentially damaging sustained winds
up to 65 km/h from the west-southwest are expected Sunday afternoon with gusts up
to 90-110 km/h. Lake Erie is currently 87% ice covered which will help to reduce
the potential for storm surge in Port Stanley. However, local residents should keep
an eye on their local conditions. Winds are expected to diminish on Monday.
"Spring is just around the corner, but it comes with melting ice and mixed precipitation.
This can make rivers and lakes more dangerous than normal as conditions can change
quickly," says Dow. "Fast moving water and breaking ice can be an attraction to
the public. However, be aware that banks are extremely slippery and the water is
very cold at this time of year."
KCCA will closely monitor local conditions and will provide any updates if conditions
warrant. This watershed conditions statement—flood outlook will remain in effect
until Monday, February 25. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca
or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Facebook and Twitter
The Kettle Creek Conservation Authority issues three levels of messages:
- Watershed Conditions Statement (Previously High Water Safety Bulletin): 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 (Previously Flood Advisory): Flooding is possible in specific watercourses
or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners
in flood-prone areas should prepare.
- Flood Warning (No change): 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.