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KCCA issues a Watershed Conditions Statement—Flood Outlook and urges caution around local watercourses.

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St. Thomas –Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) is issuing a Watershed Conditions Statement—Flood Outlook, reminding residents to take extra caution near creeks and streams due to the potential for flooding conditions as wet weather moves into the area.

Environment Canada is tracking a low-pressure system that is expected to move into the area Friday evening, bringing the potential for prolonged significant rain and mixed precipitation. Total accumulation may be in the range of 40-60mm before the system moves out of the area on Sunday. At this time, the track of the low-pressure system is uncertain, and as such precipitation timing and amounts may change.

“Increased runoff is expected, which will result in elevated water levels in local creeks and streams,” says Jennifer Dow, Water Resources Supervisor for Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. Local watercourses may reach or exceed their banks, leading to localized flooding in floodplains, ponding in low lying areas and agricultural fields, and locations with poor drainage. Watershed areas that receive prolonged heavy rain have a heightened risk for flash and minor localized flooding.

Fast moving water can be an attraction to the public—especially children—but they should stay away. Banks are extremely slippery, and the water is very cold. Parents and guardians are urged to keep children away from ponds and reservoirs. Ice conditions on any remaining frozen water bodies are unpredictable and unsafe at this time of year. “Spring weather can be unpredictable, which can make rivers and lakes more dangerous than normal as conditions can change quickly,” warns Dow. Often March Break is the first taste of spring for children—making waterways much more attractive. “Plan for a safe March Break,” cautions Dow.

Field observations taken along Kettle Creek down to Port Stanley indicate open water conditions out to a currently ice-free Lake Erie. “Currently water levels throughout the watershed are normal, however conditions can change quickly,” says Dow.

Residents along Kettle Creek are advised to monitor their local conditions. People are reminded to remove property from low-lying areas and to clear debris from storm drains. “It’s important that the rain has somewhere to go,” advises Dow.

At this time, forecasted wind speeds and direction, and current Lake Erie water levels are not conducive to storm surge in Port Stanley. A close watch on local conditions is recommended should conditions change.

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 8:30 AM on Monday, March 11, 2024. For further updates visit  or connect with KCCA socially on Twitter @KettleCreekCA or on Facebook at .


Jennifer Dow
Water Resources Supervisor
519-631-1270 x228

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.
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