KCCA Flood Watch Update
For immediate release
This notice is intended to provide an update to the current Flood Watch for all areas along the Lake Erie shoreline. Due to the forecasted precipitation (20-30mm) and wind moving into the region tonight through Wednesday, coupled with the already high water levels in Lake Erie, Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) is updating the flood watch for all areas along the Lake Erie shoreline and the watershed.
“Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and heavy rain,” says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor. “The Environment Canada’s Marine Weather Forecast has indicated that a squall watch and a strong wind warning are in effect for Lake Erie. Sustained winds associated with this slow moving system are forecast to be 45km/hr from the southwest, with gusts between 60-80km/hr in the Lower Great Lakes Region.”
Record high water levels in Lake Erie coupled with wind speeds in the range of 50 km/h or higher from the west or southwest are associated with increased risk of flooding, shoreline erosion, and damage to the shoreline structures due to damaging waves and localized flooding.
The greatest risk for flooding in the watershed is in the village of Port Stanley. Higher lake levels combined with forecast wind speeds and direction are conducive for storm surge activity and may also result in nuisance flooding in low lying areas adjacent to the lower reaches of Kettle Creek. Residents with docks and boats in Port Stanley should keep an eye on their local conditions. Residents should take extra caution to avoid areas where flooding is occurring during rainfall and wind events. The combination of slippery banks, high waves, and fast-moving water can be dangerous.
The flood watch update will remain in effect until Thursday, June 27and will be updated as conditions warrant. KCCA staff are continuing to monitor the watershed conditions. For further updates, log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Facebook and Twitter @KettleCreekCA.
Public Relations Supervisor
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.