St. Thomas, Ontario, November 9, 2018 - A low pressure system moving into the Lake
Erie region with sustained strong winds today and Saturday has prompted Kettle Creek
Conservation Authority (KCCA) to issue a Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety
for residents of Port Stanley. Based on current weather conditions KCCA does not
anticipate significant flood uprush activity in Port Stanley, however residents
are urged to monitor their local conditions.
Wind speeds ranging from 50 to 70 km/hr, from south-southwest with gusts reaching
80 to 90 km/hr starting early Saturday morning are likely to persist throughout
the day before shifting to west-northwest by evening with diminished speeds. "Lake
Erie water levels are elevated this flood season," says Jennifer Dow, water conservation
supervisor at Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. "Under these sustained windy
and gusty conditions, there is the potential for minor shoreline flooding in Port
Stanley over the weekend."
Environment Canada's Marine Forecast has issued a gale force warning for the north
shore of Lake Erie. Waves of one metre building to two to three metres this evening
are expected. Forecast precipitation is a mix of light rain and flurries overnight
with a risk of thunderstorm activity. Erosion and pooling along the shoreline may
"This is a good time to remind residents to prepare for the flood season by removing
property from low-lying areas," says Dow. "This includes items like docks, watercraft,
trailers and vehicles." People should take extra caution and avoid the shoreline.
The waves can be strong and the shoreline slippery. There could also be hazardous
debris within the waves and water.
Updates will be made available if conditions warrant. This water conditions statement
– water safety will remain in effect until Monday, November 12, 2018. For further
updates log on to
www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation
Authority socially on Twitter @KettleCreekCA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KettleCreekCa.
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