Heavy rains prompt KCCA to upgrade to a flood watch

St. Thomas – Due to the amount (50 – 80 mm) of forecasted precipitation today thru Friday coupled with already high water levels in the creek, Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) is upgrading to a flood watch.

“Over the last 12 hours the watershed has received between 35 and 40 mm of precipitation,” says Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor. “Creeks and watercourses are responding to the rainfall and smaller streams may be approaching bankfull levels. The extent of the flooding will depend on the amount of rain we receive today.”

Nuisance flooding may already be occurring in your area so please be mindful of conditions and take appropriate action. The watershed is set to receive another 30-40 mm of rain from a series of low pressure systems approaching from Michigan. The rain may be heavy at times with isolated thunderstorms also expected.

This flood watch is to remain in effect until Thursday April 11 and will be updated as conditions warrant. KCCA staff are continuing to monitor watershed conditions.

Please remember that fast flowing water is dangerous and the banks are slippery. Parents along Kettle Creek are advised to carefully monitor their local conditions. Parents in particular are encouraged to keep their children away from floodplain areas.

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