Lake Erie Water Safety Bulletin
For immediate release
St. Thomas, Ontario – Based on current weather conditions Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) does not anticipate significant flood uprush activity in Port Stanley.
Environment Canada has forecast moderate to strong southwesterly winds in the range of 20 to 30 km/h, with potential gusts up to 60 km/h. Sustained gusts could result in minor shoreline flooding in Port Stanley. However, they are not expected at this time.
Environment Canada’s Marine Forecast has issued a gale force warning for the north shore of Lake Erie. Wave action along the shoreline will be significant overnight and residents are urged to monitor their local conditions. 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.
Updates will be made available if conditions warrant. This water conditions statement – water safety will remain in effect until Sunday October 21, 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