Be prepared for some wet, windy weather to bring in the New Year
For Immediate Release
St. Thomas – A strong low-pressure system moving through the area will bring strong winds and rain this evening and overnight prompting the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority to issue a watershed conditions statement—flood outlook. “Currently water levels throughout the watershed are higher than normal and fast flowing,” says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor for the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.
Forecast rainfall of 20-30 mm of rain on partially frozen ground conditions is likely to cause enhanced runoff and high water conditions throughout the watershed.
Gale force winds on Lake Erie are expected to come from the southwest this evening before switching to west overnight with gusts up to 90 km/h possible. While sustained winds and gusts can cause storm surge and shoreline flooding in Port Stanley, based on current weather conditions, KCCA does not anticipate any significant flood uprush activity.
Residents are encouraged to exercise caution near ditches, streams, creeks and reservoirs. The combination of slippery banks and fast flowing water is very dangerous. Parents in particular are urged to keep their children away from waterways and flood prone areas during times of high flow.
KCCA will closely monitor local conditions and will provide any updates warranted. This Watershed Conditions Statement—Flood Outlook will remain in effect until Wednesday, January 2, 2019. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Twitter.