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A wet Easter weekend forecast prompts KCCA to issue a watershed conditions statement-water safety

St. Thomas - April 18, 2019 - Environment Canada is monitoring two cold front weather systems that could bring significant rain to the area Friday and Saturday. "Precipitation will likely move in later this afternoon or evening," says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor for the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. "Some areas may see total rainfall amounts of 25-50 mm by Saturday.

At this time, widespread flooding is not expected. "Currently, water levels are slightly higher than normal due to the 16 mm of rain we received on Tuesday," says Dow. Additional rainfall from embedded thunderstorm activity could result in minor flooding in low lying areas and ponding in agricultural fields.

Residents along Kettle Creek, are advised to carefully monitor their local conditions. KCCA is reminding parents to keep children and pets away from creeks and river banks, flood plain areas and ponds. Banks can be very slippery and unstable, and creeks can be fast flowing and very cold.

KCCA will closely monitor local conditions and will provide any updates if conditions warrant. This watershed conditions statement—water safety will remain in effect until Tuesday, April 23. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Facebook and Twitter @KettleCreekCA.

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.

Last Updated: Thursday, 18 April 2019 16:06:51 PM EST

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