Heavy rains prompt KCCA to upgrade to a flood watch
For immediate release
St. Thomas – Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) is upgrading to a flood watch as the already saturated watershed prepares to receive a forecast of 50 – 90 mm of additional rainfall today through to Saturday.
“The watershed has already received between 37 and 47 mm of precipitation over the last twenty-four hours,” says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor. “We had saturated ground conditions before this rain event started. Overnight levels in local watercourses rose significantly. Many smaller streams may be approaching bankfull levels as of Friday morning.”
KCCA issued a watershed conditions statement on Thursday. Upgrading to a flood watch today means that residents can expect some form of flooding, especially in low lying areas. The extent of the flooding will depend on the actual amount of rain received on Friday.
Nuisance flooding may already be occurring in some flood-prone areas. Residents should be mindful of conditions and take appropriate action. The saturated ground has little ability to absorb further rainfall. The rain may be heavy at times but is expected to taper off to showers by Saturday evening.
This flood watch is to remain in effect until Sunday, May 7 and will be updated as conditions warrant. KCCA staff are continuing to monitor watershed conditions.
Please remember that fast flowing water is dangerous and the banks are slippery. Parents along Kettle Creek are advised to carefully monitor their local conditions. Parents in particular are encouraged to keep their children away from floodplain areas.
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The Kettle Creek Conservation Authority issues three levels of messages:
- Watershed Conditions Statement (Previously High Water Safety Bulletin): 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 (Previously Flood Advisory): Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
- Flood Warning (No change): 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.