Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook
St. Thomas - April 12, 2018 - Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) is issuing
a Watershed Conditions Statement – flood outlook for residents of the Kettle Creek
Environment Canada predicts several rainy days ahead. Total forecast precipitation
for Wednesday and Thursday range from 10-25mm as a fast moving Alberta Clipper moves
through the area. A slow-moving Colorado Low is forecast for the weekend bringing
additional accumulated precipitation of 50-85mm. Rainfall intensity will vary with
potential thunderstorm activity.
"While water levels are not anticipated to be as high as the recent flooding in
February, there is a potential for flooding in low-lying areas" says Jennifer Dow,
KCCA's water conservation supervisor. Watershed ground conditions remain saturated
and substantial runoff can be expected from any rainfall received.
Residents along Kettle Creek, are advised to carefully monitor their local conditions.
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority is reminding parents to use extreme care around
all watercourses, flood plain areas and ponds. Banks can be very slippery and unstable.
Updates will be made available if conditions warrant. For further updates log on
to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect with KCCA on Twitter and Facebook
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:
- 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.
- 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