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Be prepared for some wet, windy weather to bring in the New Year

St. Thomas - A strong low-pressure system moving through the area will bring strong winds and rain this evening and overnight prompting the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority to issue a watershed conditions statement—flood outlook. "Currently water levels throughout the watershed are higher than normal and fast flowing," says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor for the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.

Forecast rainfall of 20-30 mm of rain on partially frozen ground conditions is likely to cause enhanced runoff and high water conditions throughout the watershed.

Gale force winds on Lake Erie are expected to come from the southwest this evening before switching to west overnight with gusts up to 90 km/h possible. While sustained winds and gusts can cause storm surge and shoreline flooding in Port Stanley, based on current weather conditions, KCCA does not anticipate any significant flood uprush activity.

Residents are encouraged to exercise caution near ditches, streams, creeks and reservoirs. 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—Flood Outlook will remain in effect until Wednesday, January 2, 2019. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Twitter.

The Kettle Creek Conservation Authority issues three levels of messages:

  • Watershed Conditions Statement: 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: Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
  • Flood Warning: 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: Tuesday, 01 January 2019 07:19:15 AM EST

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