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Thursday April 3rd, 2014

Posted at 1:44pm

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority has issued a flood watch for Windsor and Essex County.

They warn that due to predicted rainfall of 20 to 25mm with a chance of up to 35mm over the next 24 hours, a possibility of flooding exists along watercourses and low-lying areas for the Essex Region.

The weather forecast also holds a possibility of isolated thunderstorms that may result in heavy downpours. .

In addition, some watercourses are still impacted by ice, and there is the possibility of lake ice breakup and movement towards the shorelines.  As well, there still exists the potential of ice jamming at bridges and culverts.

The region’s north shorelines and waterways that outlet to Lake St. Clair and the Municipality of Leamington’s east shoreline on Lake Erie are most likely to be impacted.

Standing water could be encountered at many locations throughout the region, and could be deep and very hazardous.

They urge everyone to take extra caution and avoid rivers, lakes, ditches, streams and ponds. Any remaining ice cover could be unstable and dangerous. A combination of slippery banks, moving/melting ice and cold water is particularly dangerous.

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