St. Thomas – The Kettle Creek watershed is expected to receive approximately 75 mm of precipitation this afternoon. Weather forecasts are predicting significant additional rainfall this weekend.
“Heavy downpours in a short amount of time could result in flooding of low lying areas that traditionally flood,” says Jennifer Dow water conservation supervisor for Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. “Although we do not anticipate major flooding at this time, localized and nuisance flooding maybe a concern.”
Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time and, fast-flowing water pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from watercourses at this time.
This bulletin will remain in effect until Sunday June 30, 2013 and will update if conditions change.
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 or erosion.
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.
The Kettle Creek watershed is 520 square kilometres.
Kettle Creek originates at an elevation of 267 metres above sea level and flows roughly 67 kilometres from Lake Whittaker through St. Thomas and finally empties into Lake Erie at Port Stanley with an average gradient of 1 metre per kilometre.
Kettle Creek has a number of tributaries including Salt Creek, Mill Creek and Beaver Creek, but Dodd Creek is the most significant.
Kettle Creek watershed is part of the Carolinian life zone. Affectionately termed the banana belt this zone boasts the warmest average annual temperatures and the longest frost free seasons and the mildest winters in Ontario.
Tree species such as maple, beech, birch, white and red oak, walnut, elm and ash are predominate in the area. There are a few stands of hemlock, cedar, tamarack and white pine.
Latest posts by Kettle Creek (see all)
- KCCA issues a watershed conditions statement: flood outlook - June 28, 2013
- Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety - May 31, 2013
- Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook - April 18, 2013
- Heavy rains prompt KCCA to upgrade to a flood watch - April 10, 2013
- KCCA issues a watershed conditions statement: flood outlook - April 8, 2013