KCCA issues a watershed conditions statement—flood outlook
For immediate release
St. Thomas – Kettle Creek Conservation Authority is issuing a Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook for the watershed. A significant Colorado Low pressure system is expected to intensify into an early spring storm tonight, bringing with it southwesterly wind gusts of 80 to 85 km/h early Wednesday morning. The main concern is a risk of storm surge in Port Stanley.
“The main issue for this spring weather is the sharp arctic cold front that will blast across the region early Wednesday morning, bringing with it strong southwesterly winds,” Says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor for Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. “There is a risk of storm surge in Port Stanley along the beach areas where waves are forecasted to be in excess of 2 meters.” Environment Canada Marine Forecast has issued a Gale Warning for eastern Lake Erie.
Environment Canada has indicated that the approaching low pressure system will also bring between 20-30 mm of rain this evening. Locally higher rainfall amounts are possible with thunderstorm activity. “Currently, water levels are normal for this time of year, however intense rainfall over frozen ground will quickly flow into creeks and streams and could cause some minor nuisance flooding,” says Dow.
Residents in vulnerable areas along the Lake Erie shoreline should pay attention to local conditions. Waves will be driven onto the shoreline by the strong southwest winds. The waves can be strong and the shoreline slippery. Local rivers and creeks are fast-flowing with very cold water which can pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from the shoreline and local watercourses at this time. Property should be moved out of low lying areas.
This Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook will remain in effect until Thursday, April 5 and updates will be made if conditions warrant.
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For more information contact:
Water Conservation Supervisor
The Kettle Creek Conservation Authority issues three levels of messages:
Watershed Conditions Statement: 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.