January 29, 2013: Kettle Creek Conservation Authority is issuing a flood
watch for residents of the Kettle Creek Watershed, with specific concerns for the
Port Stanley area.
"We have received 40 millimeters of rain in the last twelve hours," says Jennifer
Dow water conservation supervisor for Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. "This
was more rain than expected and together with the warm temperatures and snow melt
has caused the watercourses throughout the watershed to reach top of bank."
As of 9:00 p.m. this evening, more rain is expected which is may cause flooding
in low lying areas.
Additionally, there is a risk of flooding associated with ice jamming in Port Stanley.
Ice jams may cause rapid backwater effects and may quickly create flooding situations.
Residents along Kettle Creek at Port Stanley are advised to carefully monitor their
local conditions. Parents in particular are encouraged to keep their children away
from flood plain areas.
There is still some uncertainty of the exact path of the storms predicted by Environment
The forecast rainfall cumulatively for the next two days is 30 millimeters. The
exact rainfall amounts will directly impact the extent of the expected flooding
in the Kettle Creek watershed. Residents are advised to remove property from low-lying
areas and to stay away from local creeks.
This advisory will remain in effect for the next twenty four hours. Other updates
will be provided if circumstances warrant. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca
Watershed Conditions Statement: Flood Watch: Flooding is possible in specific
watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual
landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.