KCCA maintains the Shoreline Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook for the Lake Erie Shoreline
For immediate release
This notice is intended to update the public and local municipalities on the status of the Lake Erie shoreline within the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.
Lake Erie water levels are continuing their seasonal decline with the static (calm) water level measurements fluctuating with rain events. Data collected in Port Stanley at the end of December indicates that the average water level, has dropped to 174.64m which is 25cm lower than the record high and about 6cm lower than this time last year. This measurement does not account for any increase in water level due to storm surge or wind driven waves.
Residents along the Lake Erie Shoreline and in particular the Village of Port Stanley are reminded to remain extra observant of sustained and gusty southwesterly winds at or above 50 km/hr.
“It’s the start of a new year, and thankfully, Lake Erie water levels are remaining relatively stable,” says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor at Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. “However, open water in Lake Erie means that there is still a heightened risk of storm surge,” says Dow.
Residents are advised to keep an eye on their local conditions and take appropriate action when necessary as storm surge can occur quickly with little warning. Strong wind and wave action can cause shoreline erosion, damage to shoreline structures, and can cause localized flooding.
Residents should take extra caution to avoid areas where flooding is occurring as well as creeks, streams and shoreline areas during significant rainfall and wind events. The combination of slippery banks, waves, waves overtopping shoreline structures, and fast moving water can be dangerous. Standing water can also present its own unseen hazards. Children and pets should be kept away from flowing or standing water as well as shoreline areas.
KCCA staff will continue to monitor Lake Erie conditions and provide updates as warranted. Unless superseded by a Flood Watch, this Shoreline Conditions Statement—Flood Outlook will remain in effect until January 30, 2021 at which time conditions will be reevaluated. For further updates, log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Facebook and Twitter @KettleCreekCA.
Water Conservation 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.