KCCA urges residents to be cautious around local waterways
For immediate release
St. Thomas – Kettle Creek Conservation Authority is issuing a watershed conditions statement—water safety for residents of the Kettle Creek Watershed. The Kettle Creek watershed received over 200% of the normal precipitation in March, including a 50 mm event that fell on March 31st.
Another system is forecast to cross the province Sunday and into Monday. The system could bring 10 to 30 mm of mixed precipitation for the Kettle Creek watershed. This could result in minor flooding in low lying areas.
“Several storm systems moved through the area over the past week adding more rain to the already saturated watershed,” says Jennifer Dow, KCCA’s water conservation supervisor. “While the precipitation has caused only flooding in low lying areas, rivers and streams in the watershed have quickened. The entire system is running high, fast and the water is very cold.”
Residents along Kettle Creek, are advised to carefully monitor their local conditions. Kettle Creek Conservation Authority is reminding parents to use extreme care around all watercourses, flood plain areas and ponds. Banks can be very slippery and unstable.
Updates will be made available if conditions warrant. This water conditions statement – water safety will remain in effect until Monday, April 11th. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Twitter @KettleCreekCA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KettleCreekCa.
Public Relations Supervisor
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.