KCCA warns that with spring just around the corner, expect warmer temperatures,
unstable ice and faster flowing water as we move into March Break
St. Thomas, March 8, 2019 - Kettle Creek Conservation Authority is reminding residents
to take extra caution near creeks and streams as we head into March Break. Environment
Canada is forecasting warmer temperatures with 15-20mm of mixed precipitation starting
this weekend, with the occasional shower or flurry over the next week. KCCA is issuing
a watershed conditions statement—water safety for March Break. Higher daytime temperatures
will start the melting process as we transition into spring, which may result in
slightly higher than normal water levels and flows.
"While it seems like winter still has a hold on Southern Ontario, it looks like
we will get a break this weekend. Unfortunately spring also brings melting ice and
mixed precipitation. This can make rivers and lakes more dangerous than normal as
conditions can change quickly," says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor
for Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. "Water and ice are always an attraction
to children," says Dow.
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority is reminding parents to use extreme care around
all watercourses, flood plain areas and ponds. "The ice cover is unstable, banks
can be very slippery and the water is fast flowing and very cold," warns Dow. "Ice
can be tricky—it can be thick and strong in one spot, while thin and weak in another
and conditions change daily, sometimes hourly," says Dow. After a long winter children
are restless to play outdoors. KCCA is urging all parents and caregivers to ensure
that children do not play along local waterways. "Make sure your March Break is
a safe one," says Dow.
Residents along Kettle Creek are advised to monitor their local conditions. It is
also recommended to remove property from low-lying areas and to clear snow and ice
from storm drains. "Once the thaw is underway, it is important that the melt water
has somewhere to go," says Dow.
A high water event is not anticipated over the March Break, however, updates will
be made available if conditions warrant. This watershed conditions statement—water
safety will remain in effect until Monday, March 18. For further updates log on
to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
socially on Twitter @KettleCreekCA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KettleCreekCa.
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
- 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