Watershed Conditions Statement Update – Flood Outlook

St. Thomas – Kettle Creek Conservation Authority is issuing an update to the current watershed conditions statement—flood outlook for residents of the Kettle Creek Watershed, with specific concerns for the Port Stanley area.

“Warmer temperatures over the last few days have cleared out a lot of the ice blanketing Kettle Creek and its tributaries.  Water levels are higher throughout the watershed, but haven’t caused any issues so far,” says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor for Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. “There is still a significant amount of ice in Port Stanley including a small ice jam that has been moving slowly downstream.”  Since yesterday morning, the ice jam has moved just over half a kilometre from downstream of Killin’s Marina to its current location, just downstream of Stan’s Marina.  Water is continuing to flow under the ice and so far is not showing signs of backing up upstream.  The inner and outer harbours are still encased in ice, however there are signs of thawing along the edges and some large cracks have appeared.

KCCA staff are also monitoring an ice jam in the Upper Kettle Creek located near Dan Patterson Conservation Area.  The 300m long ice jam is in a non-residential area on Kettle Creek property and is not expected to cause any serious issues.  “It will probably dissipate once the ice in the Dalewood Reservoir breaks up,” says Dow.

Residents along Kettle Creek at Port Stanley are advised to continue to carefully monitor their local conditions.  Ice jams may cause water levels to change quickly with little warning and create flooding situations.  Kettle Creek Conservation Authority is reminding residents to use extreme caution near all watercourses and ponds. The ice cover is unstable, banks can be very slippery and the water is fast flowing and very cold. Parents in particular are encouraged to keep their children away from flood plain areas, creeks and ditches.

Residents are advised to remove property from low-lying areas and to clear snow and ice from storm drains.

Updates will be made available if conditions warrant. This flood outlook will remain in effect until March 31, 2014. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca

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