St. Thomas – Kettle Creek Conservation Authority is issuing a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety for residents of the Kettle Creek watershed.
“Current water levels throughout the watershed are higher than normal,” says Jennifer Dow water conservation supervisor for Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. “Water is flowing fast as a result of precipitation over the last few days. With the predicted forecast there is a potential of flash flooding.”
Approximately 20-40 mm of rain is expected in the next 48 hours. Residents are asked to watch local conditions closely and take appropriate action.
The public is encouraged to exercise caution near ditches, streams, creeks and reservoirs as the combination of slippery banks and fast flowing water is very dangerous. Parents in particular are urged to keep their children away from waterways and flood prone areas during times of high flow.
KCCA will be closely monitor local conditions throughout the weekend and will provide any updates warranted.
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.
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