St. Thomas - April 12, 2019 - KCCA is reminding residents to take extra caution
near creeks and streams this weekend. Environment Canada is tracking a strong Texas
low pressure system that is expected to move quickly through southern Ontario Sunday,
and overnight into Monday. "Coupled with the showers and thunderstorms forecast
for Saturday, we could see a total accumulation of 25-50mm of rain by Monday" says
Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor for the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.
"Currently water levels are normal," says Dow "however, if the higher forecasted
precipitation amounts occur, we could see elevated water levels and flows." At this
time, widespread flooding is not expected. However, elevated rainfall from thunderstorm
activity could result in minor flooding in low lying areas and ponding in agricultural
Residents along Kettle Creek, are advised to carefully monitor their local conditions.
KCCA is reminding parents to use extreme care around all watercourses, flood plain
areas and ponds. Banks can be very slippery and unstable.
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 Monday, April 15. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca
or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Facebook and Twitter
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
- 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.