A wet weekend forecast prompts KCCA to issue a watershed conditions statement—water safety
For immediate release
St. Thomas – KCCA is reminding residents to take extra caution near creeks and streams this weekend. Environment Canada is tracking a strong Texas low pressure system that is expected to move quickly through southern Ontario Sunday, and overnight into Monday. “Coupled with the showers and thunderstorms forecast for Saturday, we could see a total accumulation of 25-50mm of rain by Monday” says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor for the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.
“Currently water levels are normal,” says Dow “however, if the higher forecasted precipitation amounts occur, we could see elevated water levels and flows.” At this time, widespread flooding is not expected. However, elevated rainfall from thunderstorm activity could result in minor flooding in low lying areas and ponding in agricultural fields.
Residents along Kettle Creek, are advised to carefully monitor their local conditions. KCCA is reminding parents to use extreme care around all watercourses, flood plain areas and ponds. Banks can be very slippery and unstable.
KCCA will closely monitor local conditions and will provide any updates if conditions warrant. This watershed conditions statement—water safety will remain in effect until Monday, April 15. 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.