Flood Outlook – February 19, 2014
For Immediate Release
Flood Outlook, Watershed Condition Statement for Residents of the Catfish Creek Watershed
Issued on February 19, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.
Issued by: Peter Dragunas, Water Management Technician Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (519) 773-9037
This is a Flood Outlook, Watershed Conditions Statement that should forecast adverse weather patterns strengthen, creek water levels may increase. This is an early assessment that the potential exists for flooding of low-lying areas within the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority watersheds.
Effective immediately, the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (CCCA) is issuing a Flood Outlook, Watershed Conditions Statement for the low lying, flood prone areas along open channels and water bodies within the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority watersheds.
The Ministry of Natural Resources, Surface Water Monitoring Centre, has issued a cautionary flood message for southwestern Ontario in advance of anticipated adverse weather conditions.
The Catfish Creek Conservation Authority is advising that increasing temperatures and the combined precipitation forecast has the potential of producing unseasonal amounts of rain. Recent assessments show that on average the accumulated snowpack contains the equivalent of 48mm (approximately 2”) of water.
Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement for St. Thomas, Aylmer and Eastern Elgin County indicating an expected warming trend of daytime temperatures on Thursday of 8oC and Thursday / Friday night 3oC, this coupled with the Ministry of the Environments precipitation forecast (30 to 40mm, average of 1.5″) for Thursday and into Friday will result in the melting of some of the snowpack which may produce significant runoff and cause some flooding in low-lying, flood prone areas adjacent to water courses within the Catfish Creek watershed.
CCCA will continue to monitor these developing conditions and will issue updates and recommendations as necessary. CCCA recommends taking any necessary precautions to minimize the results of flooding impacts to the Catfish Creek and its tributaries.
The public is encouraged to exercise caution near open bodies of water, and to keep children and pets away from all waterways during adverse flow conditions.
Residents are advised to remove property from low-lying areas adjacent to streams, creeks ditches or other open bodies of water.
This Flood Outlook Statement will remain in effect till Saturday February 22 or until an update is issued and will then be adjusted accordingly. Residents are asked to closely watch local conditions and take appropriate responsible action. Updates will be made available if or when conditions warrant.