(SCRCA)

St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) officials have issued a flood outlook, as the Sydenham River waters are on the rise.

SCRCA officials say an additional 35 mm of rain was expected between Sunday and Monday and water levels are climbing quickly.

“Water levels on the Sydenham River and its tributaries are climbing as a result of significant rainfall across the region,” SCRCA officials say.

“Localized flooding is occurring in low-lying areas, including agricultural fields, parklands and floodplains. Water levels are expected to remain high over the course of the next few days.”

Pretty Road north of McCallum Line in St. Clair Township are currently impacted by high water levels.

Additional roads may be impacted Sunday evening and into Monday as the region experiences further rainfall,’ SCRCA officials say.

“Municipal emergency response staff and road superintendents should review emergency response plans and monitor local conditions closely,” SCRCA officials say.

“Residents are reminded to avoid watercourses and flooded areas due to saturated and slippery banks, as well as the danger of swift moving water. Children and pets should be kept away from the water.”

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority will continue to monitor watershed conditions and will provide warnings to municipal officials and media in the event conditions develop which could result in the potential of more severe flooding.

This message will remain in effect until Monday, April 16, 2018 unless otherwise updated.