Tue 29 Jan 2013 09:15:43 PM EST
Flood Watch for residents of Kettle Creek watershedNews 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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