Flood Watch Update

Posted on May 5, 2017

The previously issued FLOOD WARNING (issued at 6:30 pm Thursday, May 4, 2017) related to lake flooding along the east shoreline of the Municipality of Leamington is cancelled. The Previously issued FLOOD WATCH (issued at 3:30 pm on Wednesday May 3, 2017) is updated as follows:

The Essex Region Conservation Authority advises that, due to the wet ground conditions and the continuing storm event that is predicted to produce a total of 45 mm to 55 mm of rainfall through Saturday, the potential for flooding exists throughout the entire region especially in low-lying areas adjacent to and within floodplain areas of all major waterways and shoreline areas. Water levels in waterways are elevated and are expected to continue to rise as the rain continues.

Due to the existing elevated lake elevations and updated forecasts predicting winds directions shifting today from north/northeast to north/northwest, with sustained speeds of 35 to 40 km/hr and the potential for wind gusts reaching 50 km/hr, a possibility of flooding, shoreline erosion and damaging waves exists along the Lake Erie shoreline on the north and west sides of Pelee Island and along the Lake St. Clair shoreline at the east limit of the City of Windsor, the Town of Tecumseh and the Town of Lakeshore. In addition, due to the previous northeast winds, areas along the Detroit River may continue to experience increased water levels due to the lake setup.

People should take extra caution and avoid rivers, lakes, ditches, streams, ponds and shoreline areas. The combination of slippery banks, fast moving water and waves overtopping breakwalls/shorelines can be extremely dangerous. Standing water can also present its own unseen hazards. Children, pets and livestock should be kept away from flowing, standing water and breakwall/shoreline areas.