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Monday April 29th, 2019, 12:02pm

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A flood watch is in effect for a number of areas in Essex County.

Due to forecasted east and northeast winds, ERCA says the following areas are now under a flood watch:

  • Leamington between Wheatley Harbour and Point Pelee National Park;
  • Lake Erie shoreline including Pelee Island;
  • Lake St. Clair shoreline; and
  • Detroit River shoreline.

Forecasts are predicting for easterly winds for today (April 29th, 2019) through tomorrow (April 30th, 2019) with sustained speeds above 30 km/hr.

Due to the combination of wind speed, direction, and high lake levels, ERCA says there is a high probability of flooding, shoreline erosion, and damaging waves to occur along the Essex Region shoreline. Winds out of the east and northeast for extended periods of time have the potential to raise water levels in the western basin of Lake Erie, which can also raise water levels in smaller rivers and streams across the Essex Region.

Additionally, rain and potential thunderstorms are in the forecast for the region, which can exacerbate any potential flooding/standing water with heavy downpours, according to ERCA.

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