Flood Watch Issued

Saturday April 20th, 2019

Posted at 12:41pm

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority has issued a flood watch until noon on Sunday, April 21st.

Affected areas include the Lake St. Clair shoreline including the eastern portion of Windsor, Tecumseh, and Lakeshore, the Lake Erie shoreline
including Leamington, Essex, and Kingsville, and the Detroit River shoreline areas in Amherstburg and LaSalle.

Winds are expected to continue out of the north/northeast through the remainder of Saturday with gusts in the 50 km/hr range before dissipating and shifting north/northwest and eventually from a westerly direction on Sunday, April 21st.

The wind speed and direction will have an effect on elevating water levels in the tributary rivers draining into Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. The elevated water levels together with the increased wave activity will increase the possibility for nearshore erosion, breakwall damage, and waves overtopping with splashing and spray.

In addition to the wind, the Essex Region has received a significant amount of precipitation over the past 24 hours which is causing ponding in low lying areas. This precipitation is exacerbating any standing water conditions presented by the wind/wave action on both Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. Recent flooding events in the southeast Leamington area have had an impact on the drainage schemes that outlet to Lake Erie.

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