A wet start to summer. KCCA is issuing a watershed conditions statement—flood outlook for Victoria Day Weekend
For immediate release
St. Thomas – Environment Canada is tracking a low pressure system that is moving into southwestern Ontario, bringing rain over the next several days that could total between 50 and 90mm. “The Kettle Creek watershed is forecast to receive a significant amount of rain starting Sunday morning,” says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor for the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.
The amount of rain the watershed will receive is uncertain and depends on how quickly the system moves out of the area and the number and intensity of embedded thunderstorms. “Rain is expected to be heavy at times,” says Dow. Watershed residents should be prepared and pay attention to local conditions. Minor flooding may occur as a result of forecasted conditions, including low lying areas that traditionally flood in the spring. “Residents can prepare for this rain event by making sure their storm drains are clear of leaves and debris and by moving valuables out of the flood plain,” says Dow.
People should take extra caution and avoid local creeks and streams, flood plain areas and ponds. Banks can be very slippery and unstable, and creeks can be fast flowing and very cold. Standing water can also present unseen hazards. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all waterways.
KCCA will closely monitor local conditions and will provide any updates if conditions warrant. This watershed conditions statement—flood outlook will remain in effect until Tuesday, May 19. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Facebook and Twitter @KettleCreekCA.
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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.