St. Thomas, April 30, 2019 - Environment Canada is tracking a Texas Low that is
moving towards the lower Great Lakes bringing rain over the next several days that
could total between 45-60mm. "Southwestern Ontario is forecast to receive a significant
amount of rain starting Tuesday night," says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor
for the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.
The amount of rain the watershed will receive is uncertain and depends on how quickly
the system moves out of the area and the number and intensity of embedded thunderstorms.
"Rain is expected to be heavy at times," says Dow. Watershed residents should be
prepared and pay attention to local conditions. Minor flooding may occur as a result
of forecasted conditions. "Residents can prepare for this rain event by making sure
their storm drains are clear of leaves and debris and by moving valuables out of
the flood plain," says Dow.
People should take extra caution and avoid local creeks and streams, flood plain
areas and ponds. Banks can be very slippery and unstable, and creeks can be fast
flowing and very cold. Standing water can also present unseen hazards.
KCCA will closely monitor local conditions and will provide any updates if conditions
warrant. This watershed conditions statement—flood outlook will remain in effect
until Sunday, May 3. 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.