Flood Outlook Issued

Friday March 21st, 2014

Posted at 8:42pm

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority has issued a flood outlook until 9am Monday. They warn that there is a potential for accumulation of standing water in areas of poor drainage and low-lying areas throughout the region.

Weather forecasts calling for temperatures to be above freezing, together with predicted rainfall which they say will cause existing and remaining snow pack and ice to melt and could result in high levels of runoff and potential ice jamming at bridge locations throughout the Windsor Essex area.

They say that flooding is also likely to occur on the region’s smaller watercourses. Many roadside and agricultural ditches (rural and urban) are still filled with snow and ice, making it difficult for the water to drain off the landscape.

They ask that if possible, property owners should consider inspecting areas of their properties for catch basin locations and other surface water inlets and make these areas free of debris and stockpiled snow/ice. Sandbag stockpiles have been confirmed for all local municipalities within the region. If the use of sandbags becomes necessary, residents should contact local municipal public works and/or drainage departments.

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