Tue 29 Jan 2013 09:15:43 PM EST

Flood Watch for residents of Kettle Creek watershed

News release                               
For immediate release

St. Thomas – Kettle Creek Conservation Authority is issuing a flood watch for residents of the Kettle Creek Watershed, with specific concerns for the Port Stanley area.

“We have received 40 millimeters of rain in the last twelve hours,” says Jennifer Dow water conservation supervisor for Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. “This was more rain than expected and together with the warm temperatures and snow melt has caused the watercourses throughout the watershed to reach top of bank.”
As of 9:00 p.m. this evening, more rain is expected which is may cause flooding in low lying areas. Additionally there is a risk of flooding associated with ice jamming in Port Stanley. Ice jams may cause rapid backwater effects and may quickly create flooding situations.

Residents along Kettle Creek at Port Stanley are advised to carefully monitor their local conditions. Parents in particular are encouraged to keep their children away from flood plain areas.

There is still some uncertainty of the exact path of the storms predicted by Environment Canada overnight.
The forecast rainfall cumulatively for the next two days is 30 millimeters.  The exact rainfall amounts will directly impact the extent of the expected flooding in the Kettle Creek watershed. Residents are advised to remove property from low-lying areas and to stay away from local creeks.

This advisory will remain in effect for the next twenty four hours. Other updates will be provided if circumstances warrant. For further updates check the website www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca .

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Jennifer Dow
Water Conservation Supervisor

  • Watershed Conditions Statement is 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 or erosion.
  • 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.