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by Doug Harvey
KCCA Lake Erie High Water Information Session
photo credit to KCCA

Port Stanley, ON - The Kettle Creek Conservation Authority had a Lake Erie High Water information session at the Port Stanley arena on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. This information session was called because of record breaking Lake Erie water levels and to show how and where a storm surge could cause flooding in Port Stanley.

On June 25th, 2019 the Lake Erie water levels were recorded at 175.18 metres above sea level which was .14 metres or 5.5 inches higher than the previous recorded high of 175.04 metres set in 1986. With the water levels being so high the odds that a damaging storm surge could happen go up. Every time strong winds from the south go above 40 km/h the possibility of a storm surge gets that much closer to becoming a reality. In 1985 a violent storm caused a surge event that sent water up William Street to a point halfway between Edith Cavell Blvd. and Erie Street flooding everywhere in-between.

Preparing For A Storm Surge

  • Check your house and land for any potential dangers related to flooding. Identify and repair any vulnerability.
  • Learn how to turn off the gas and electricity in your house. Local authorities may instruct you to shut these off.
  • Do not store important documents in the basement.
  • Ensure that your family has an emergency kit and plan.
  • Ensure your emergency kit is portable, use a back-pack or a suitcase with wheels.
  • Your local chapter of St. John Ambulance can teach uou first aid and CPR.
  • Your local Red Cross can teach you survival techniques in the water through their swimming and boating courses.

What To Do During A Storm Surge

  • Stay inside where you are protected from the water. It's best to be on the downwind side of the house, away from windows.
  • Monitor the storm's progress and listen for warnings or instructions from local officials.
  • Before driving anywhere, listen carefully to rescue officials who will be coordinating evacuation plans.
  • Do not drive through flood waters.
  • Be aware of risks such as hypothermia from cold water or drowning from running water.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 June 2019 12:44:48 PM EST

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