Flood Watch Update for Low Lying Areas and Port Stanley
For immediate release
The Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) is upgrading to a Flood Watch for low lying areas and the Lake Erie shoreline within its jurisdiction. Forecasts for today into Saturday evening are still calling for up to 40-60 mm of rain for the Kettle Creek Watershed, bringing the entire system to bank full conditions. The northern part of the watershed is already at bank full conditions.
Creek levels are expected to peak overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning. Localized flooding in low lying areas adjacent to Kettle Creek and its tributaries can be expected. Residents along the Lake Erie Shoreline and in particular the Village of Port Stanley are reminded of KCCA’s Lake Erie Shoreline Flood Outlook Updated on January 2, 2020. Sustained and gusty south-westerly winds at or above 50 km/hr are expected early Sunday morning which may cause flooding and erosion along the Lake Erie shoreline.
All residents are reminded to take extreme caution around all waterways at this time as levels are expected to remain high over the next several days. Banks will be slippery and, when combined with cold, fast-moving water, pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses.
Residents throughout the watershed should pay attention to local conditions and be prepared.
Municipal Contacts should monitor local drainage problem areas.
More information on the flood warning system is available on KCCA’s web site www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca
Follow KCCA flood messages on Twitter and Facebook @KettleCreekCA
Public Relations Supervisor
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.