October 31, 2013: Kettle Creek Conservation Authority is issuing a Watershed
Conditions Statement Water Safety for residents of the Kettle Creek watershed.
"Kettle Creek watershed has already received over 20mm of rain. The brunt of the
precipitation is expected to arrive later in the afternoon or evening hours with
an additional 20-40mm of rain." says Jennifer Dow water conservation supervisor
for Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. "Water in the creek is flowing fast."
Wave heights are likely to be in excess of 2.5m along the north shore of Lake Erie
due to the driving southwesterly wind. The Environment Canada marine weather forecast
has issued a gale warning for western Lake Erie with winds from 60-90km/hour. The
highest winds will occur early Friday morning and will diminish over the course
of the day. Current lake level conditions indicate that there is very little chance
of a storm surge occurring in Port Stanley over the next 24 hours. However, residents
of Port Stanley are reminded to monitor local weather conditions and to take appropriate
action if needed.
With so many children headed out this evening for Halloween events the public is
encouraged to exercise caution near ditches, streams, creeks and reservoirs as the
combination of slippery banks and fast flowing water is very dangerous. Parents
in particular are urged to keep their children away from waterways and flood prone
areas during times of high flow.
KCCA will closely monitor local conditions and will provide any updates warranted.
This Watershed Conditions Statement will remain in effect for the next 48 hours.