Significant Rainfall this Weekend could lead to localized flooding – Watershed Conditions Statement: Flood Outlook
For Immediate Release
Weather forecasts are currently predicting a combined potential total of up to 70 – 90 mm of rainfall starting late Thursday evening and ending late on Saturday. Rain, freezing rain, and snow are all possible with the bulk of the rain expected on Saturday.
There is still uncertainty as to which areas will be most impacted by this low pressure system. KCCA will be monitoring the forecast closely.
Ground conditions throughout the watershed are wet and/or frozen. If the lower forecasted rain events are realized bank full conditions may be reached. If the higher forecasted volumes are realized and distributed over a short time period flooding may occur in low lying areas throughout the watershed.
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 southwesterly winds at or above 50 km/hr may cause flooding 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. Make sure culverts and catchbasins are free from debris and functioning properly. Property should be removed from low-lying areas.
This flood outlook is in effect until 12:00 p.m. Monday January 13, 2020.
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
Contact Marianne Levogiannis, KCCA Public Relations Supervisor at 519-631-1270 ext. 224
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.