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The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) has issued another flood watch for the shores of Lake Erie.

LTVCA officials say Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for the region and a Gale Warning for western Lake Erie due to predicted high winds this evening into tomorrow evening.

“Weather forecasts are calling for winds from the south to southwest during this period with sustained wind speeds above 35km/h,” stated Jason Wintermute, water management supervisor, in a press release.

“Winds are expected to peak Saturday afternoon with sustained wind speeds of 60 km/hr and gusts up to 90 km/h. Environment Canada’s Marine Forecast is predicting wave heights to build to 2 m by this evening and to 3 m overnight.”

Wintermute said south and southwesterly winds will be driving waves onto our Lake Erie shoreline in Chatham-Kent and Elgin County.

“There is a risk that wave action could damage shoreline protection works and cause shoreline erosion,” he said.

“Vulnerable areas will likely see localized flooding due to waves crashing against shoreline protection works spraying water up onto the land. The predicted wind speeds and wave heights are similar to, and at their predicted peak well exceed, those that caused flooding earlier this year along Erie Shore Drive in Chatham-Kent. Residents along the Lake Erie shoreline should be prepared.”

Wintermute added people should take extra caution and avoid the shoreline.

“The waves can be strong and the shoreline slippery,” he said.

“There could also be hazardous debris within the waves and water. Standing water can also present its own unseen hazards. Children, pets and livestock should be kept away from the water.”

LTVCA officials say they will continue to monitor the situation and update their advisory if necessary.

This message will be in effect until November 19.

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