St. Thomas – April 14, 2018 - Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) is urging
residents to be aware of local conditions as it upgrades the watershed to a flood
watch. A slow moving Colorado Low has made its way into Southwestern Ontario, bringing
with it significant precipitation.
"Updated weather forecasts are calling for more unsettled weather." says Jennifer
Dow, water conservation supervisor. "The extent of the flooding will depend on the
amount rain we receive and how fast the system moves through the area. At this time,
water levels in local creeks and streams are slowly rising in response to the precipitation."
The watershed is set to receive another 40-50 mm of rain on Sunday. Should the higher
rain amounts materialize, nuisance flooding may occur in traditional flood plain
areas. Temperatures over the weekend will play a large role in the mixture of precipitation
type that can be expected. Environment Canada has forecast an accumulation of 20mm
of freezing rain in some areas by Sunday. Freezing rain may slow the runoff into
Residents along Kettle Creek are advised to carefully monitor their local conditions.
Parents are reminded to use extreme care around all watercourses, flood plain areas
and ponds and to keep children away from all water bodies. Banks can be very slippery
This advisory will remain in effect until April 16. Other updates will be provided
if circumstance warrant. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca
or connect with KCCA on Twitter and Facebook @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.