St. Thomas, Ontario, November 5, 2018 - Strong winds today and tomorrow has prompted
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) to issue a Watershed Conditions Statement—Water
Safety for residents of Port Stanley. Based on current weather conditions KCCA does
not anticipate significant flood uprush activity in Port Stanley, however residents
are urged to monitor their local conditions.
Environment Canada has forecast strong south southwest winds in the range of 45
to 50 km/hr, with potential gusts up to 90 km/hr moving through the area Tuesday
afternoon until Wednesday afternoon. Sustained gusts could result in minor shoreline
flooding in Port Stanley. In addition, this system could also bring with it between
20-25mm of rain that will increase water levels and flows in creeks and streams
throughout the watershed.
Environment Canada's Marine Forecast has issued a gale force warning for the north
shore of Lake Erie. Waves of one metre will subside this evening then build back
up overnight where they will build to two to three meters Tuesday afternoon. Erosion
and pooling along the shoreline may occur.
People should take extra caution and avoid the shoreline. The waves can be strong
and the shoreline slippery. There could also be hazardous debris within the waves
"This has been a very wet fall so far," says Jennifer Dow KCCA's Water Conservation
Supervisor. "The ground is completely saturated. In addition to caution around shorelines
residents should stay away from all water bodies. We can expect pooling of water
in low lying areas and fast moving watercourses."
Updates will be made available if conditions warrant. This water conditions statement
– water safety will remain in effect until Wednesday November 7, 2018. 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