Lake Erie Water Safety Bulletin
For immediate release
St. Thomas, Ontario – Strong winds today and tomorrow has prompted Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) to issue a Watershed Conditions Statement—Water Safety for residents of Port Stanley. Based on current weather conditions KCCA does not anticipate significant flood uprush activity in Port Stanley, however residents are urged to monitor their local conditions.
Environment Canada has forecast strong south southwest winds in the range of 45 to 50 km/hr, with potential gusts up to 90 km/hr moving through the area Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday afternoon. Sustained gusts could result in minor shoreline flooding in Port Stanley. In addition, this system could also bring with it between 20-25mm of rain that will increase water levels and flows in creeks and streams throughout the watershed.
Environment Canada’s Marine Forecast has issued a gale force warning for the north shore of Lake Erie. Waves of one metre will subside this evening then build back up overnight where they will build to two to three meters Tuesday afternoon. Erosion and pooling along the shoreline may occur.
People should take extra caution and avoid the shoreline. The waves can be strong and the shoreline slippery. There could also be hazardous debris within the waves and water.
“This has been a very wet fall so far,” says Jennifer Dow KCCA’s Water Conservation Supervisor. “The ground is completely saturated. In addition to caution around shorelines residents should stay away from all water bodies. We can expect pooling of water in low lying areas and fast moving watercourses.”
Updates will be made available if conditions warrant. This water conditions statement – water safety will remain in effect until Wednesday November 7, 2018. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Twitter @KettleCreekCA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KettleCreekCa.
Public Relations 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