The predicted daytime high temperatures to increase above 0o
C and significant rainfall in the next 24 hours has prompted Kettle Creek Conservation
Authority to issue a flood outlook.
"Currently conditions are normal," says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor
for Kettle Creek Conservation Authority; "however, cumulative totals of rain from
Friday-Sunday could be as high as 50 to 75mm. This amount of precipitation coupled
with the existing snowpack may increase the creek's water levels and cause minor
flooding in low lying areas." In addition, should temperatures remain high for a
long period of time, there is the potential for the current ice cover in creeks
and streams to break up and cause ice jamming in Port Stanley. "Ice jamming is unpredictable
and can result in instantaneous rising of water levels," says Dow.
Two major weather systems are forecast to pass through Southern Ontario from Thursday
evening through to Sunday bringing a combination of rain, freezing rain and snow.
The public is advised to monitor local conditions and take appropriate action including
moving items to higher ground if necessary.
Residents are also advised to exercise caution near open bodies of water. Banks
adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time and when combined with
cold, fast-flowing water pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their
children and pets away from watercourses at this time.
This advisory will remain in effect until Monday, December 23, 2013 and will be
updated if conditions warrant.