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Weather forecast from Friday, April 19, 2019 to Monday, April 22, 2019

Today – Rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 7. UV index 1 or low.

Tonight – Rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60. Low plus 4.

Saturday, April 20 – Periods of rain or drizzle ending late in the morning then cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Amount 5 mm. Wind northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light in the afternoon. High 11.

Saturday night – Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 6.

Sunday, April 21 – Sunny. High 18.

Sunday night – Clear. Low 9.

Monday, April 22 – Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 20.

Monday night – Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 10.

Special weather statement

Environment Canada officials say significant rain is on tap to start the Easter Weekend, as a special weather statement has been issued.

Total rainfall amounts of 25 to 50 millimetres are likely by Saturday as a series of low pressure systems from the Southern Plains states affect Southern Ontario.

Although the ground is generally no longer frozen, it will still have a limited ability to absorb this rainfall. As a result, some ponding of water is possible in low-lying areas.

The rainfall warning criterion of 50 millimetres of rain within 24 hours is not expected to be reached in general.

At this point it looks like the rain will end in time for the Easter Bunny’s journey on Easter Sunday morning.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

Flood watch in effect

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) has issued a flood watch for the Sydenham River.

SCRCA officials say upwards of 35mm of rain has fallen over the course of the past week and 50 to 55 mm of precipitation is is the forecast for the remainder of the week and into the weekend.

Water levels are expected to rise, there is fast flowing water and slippery stream banks and road closures have begun to occur.

“A low pressure system with a leading warm front is expected to bring 5mm of rain to the region today, followed by an anticipated 15-20mm of rain Thursday with a possibility for thunderstorms,” SCRCA officials stated.

“Periods of intense rain are possible, with increased precipitation possible in localized areas. Into Friday, a cold front trailing a low pressure system is forecasted to bring another 10 mm of rain, followed by approximately 20 mm of rain on Saturday. Scattered rain showers are also predicted for Sunday, bringing an additional 1-3 mm.”

SCRCA officials added: “Recent rainfall in addition to the forecasted rain is anticipated to result in water levels rising and remaining elevated into next week as the water makes its way through the rivers. Localized flooding in floodplain areas, parks and farm fields throughout the region is possible. Soils are anticipated to be saturated in certain areas across the watershed, resulting in the potential for increased flooding and runoff.”

Currently, Waterworks Road between Courtright Line and Moore Line is closed.

“River banks are expected to be slippery, with possible minor erosion,” SCRCA officials stated.

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

The Conservation Authority continues to monitor watershed conditions and will issue advisories to municipalities and media should flood issues arise.

Municipal emergency response staff and road superintendents should monitor local conditions closely.

This flood watch will remain in effect until Tuesday, April 23, 2019 unless otherwise updated.

Easter Egg Hunts this weekend

Here are the details of the annual events that will be taking place in Wallaceburg, Dresden and Port Lambton.

Dresden

The Dresden Kinsmen will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt has been postponed to Sunday, 21.

The event will be held at the usual location at Kinsmen Park.

The event will begin at 1 p.m.

Port Lambton

The Port Lambton Easter Egg Hunt is being held on Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. sharp.

The event will be held at McDonald Park.

Hotdogs and drinks will be available afterward at the Port Lambton Community Centre.

Wallaceburg

The annual Wallaceburg Easter Egg Hunt is being held on Saturday, April 20 starting at 11 a.m.

The event is organized annually by the Knights of Pythias and will be held at Kinsmen Park.

Refreshments will be served.

Children are being asked to bring their own baskets to gather the eggs.

The K of P and some local volunteers gathered recently to prepare the eggs for the event. Here are some submitted photos:

Fish Fry today

Dresden Kinsmen and Minor Hockey will be hosting this years Good Friday Fish Fry.

Tickets available at McKellar’s Flowers, Ellis Motors or from members. $25 each kids 12 and under $10.

All you can eat perch, fries, coleslaw and bun.

Dresden Skating Club will be hosting a bake sale.

Dessert will be available for purchase.

There is also a Pickeral Dinner being held at the Moose Lodge in Wallaceburg today.

Here are the details:

Easter weekend municipal hours

Municipal offices, including service counters, will be closed on Friday April 19 and Monday April 22 for the Easter holiday weekend.

Other services are scheduled as follows:

EMERGENCY SERVICES – Police, Fire and Ambulance are operational 24 hours a day, every day, and are accessible by dialling “911” for emergency calls only.

LIBRARIES – All public libraries will be closed Friday April 19 and Monday April 22 and will have normal operational hours on Saturday April 20.

RECREATION FACILITY OPERATIONS – All arenas will be closed on Good Friday, April 19. Blenheim, Dresden and Thames Campus Arenas will be open on Easter Sunday, April 21 for scheduled rentals. All other arenas will be closed.

RECREATION SERVICES – The Blenheim Gable Rees Rotary Pool and the Wallaceburg Sydenham Pool will be closed Friday and Sunday, with regular hours Saturday and Monday. Both pools have an additional FREE open swim on Monday starting at 1:30 p.m. with the After School Swim cancelled at the Wallaceburg Sydenham Pool.

ARTS AND CULTURE – The Thames Art Gallery and the Chatham-Kent Museum will be closed on Friday & Monday and open regular hours on Saturday & Sunday. ARTspace will be closed on Friday, Sunday and Monday, open regular hours on Saturday. Ridge House Museum will be closed Friday and open regular hours Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The administration offices at the Cultural Centre will be closed Friday through Monday. The Chatham Capitol Theatre and the Box Office at 238 King Street West, Chatham will be closed Friday, April 19 through Monday, April 22.

CEMETERY OPERATIONS – The municipal Cemeteries administrative office will be closed Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 21. During this time, cemeteries staff will be available on call for funeral homes who are in need of at-need lot sales or interment orders. There will be no interments permitted on Good Friday. Area funeral homes have been provided with a list of required advance notice times to arrange burials over the Easter Holiday weekend.

GARBAGE AND RECYCLING – Collection services will only be affected by Good Friday (April 19). Those residents who would normally receive curbside collection on Friday, April 19 will receive it on Saturday, April 20. There are no collection changes for the week of April 22 (Easter Monday). Refer to the 2019 Recycling and Waste Collection Guide for further details.

TRANSFER STATIONS – The Harwich and Wallaceburg Transfer Station will be closed on Good Friday (April 19), but open on Monday, April 22. All other transfer stations will be open their regular hours.

LEAF & YARD DEPOTS – All Leaf & Yard Depots will be closed on Good Friday (April 19) and open regular hours the week of April 22.

PROVINCIAL OFFENCES COURT- PROVINCIAL OFFENCES COURT will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Payments can be made during this time on-line at www.paytickets.ca . If your licence is suspended you should attend at a Service Ontario Office to pay your fine and reinstatement fee so that your licence will be reinstated without delay.

CK TRANSIT – CK Transit services will not be operating on Friday April 19.

HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES BUILDING – (435 Grand Avenue West, Chatham) – The Health and Family Services building including the offices of Public Health, Employment & Social Services, Housing Services and Child Care and Early Years will be closed Friday April 19, and Monday April 22.

EARLYON CHILD AND FAMILY CENTRES will be closed Friday, Saturday and Monday.

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE CENTRES located at 240 King St. W., Chatham and 786 Dufferin Avenue, Wallaceburg will also be closed during this time. For Homeless Emergencies please contact the Chatham-Kent Homeless Response Line at 519-354-6628

PUBLIC HEALTH KING STREET – Services located at 177 King Street East, Chatham will be closed Friday April 19 and Monday April 22. Essential public health services are available by calling 1-866-446-8207.

RIVERVIEW GARDENS – Reception and Administrative offices will be closed Friday April 19 and Monday April 22. Services, activities and visiting hours continue as normal over the holiday weekend. Nursing staff can be reached 24/7 by calling 519.352.4823.

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION – Head Office at 325 Grand Avenue East will be closed Friday and Monday. The emergency call number is 519-352-6300. CK Records at 325 Grand Avenue East will be closed Friday and Monday.

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (PUC) at 325 Grand Avenue East will be closed Friday and Monday. The emergency call number is 519-352-6300.

TOURISM – The Chatham-Kent tourism office will be closed Friday, March 30 through Monday, April 2. Information may be accessed online at https://www.chatham-kent.ca/Tourism/home

ENTEGRUS at 320 Queen Street will be closed Friday and Monday.

CKHA services altered for Good Friday and Easter Monday

Some healthcare services offered at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s Chatham and Wallaceburg sites will be altered on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22, 2019 in recognition of the Good Friday and Easter Monday holidays.

Routine X-rays, electrocardiograms (EKG), and ultrasounds will not be available on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22, 2019. These departments will be staffed to meet the needs of inpatients and emergencies.

Ambulatory Care Services, Out-Patient Rehabilitation Services, Pre-Surgical Screening Services, Diabetes Education Centre, the TIA and CAD Clinics, Pulmonary Function Lab, Outpatient Lab Services, Health Records and Patient Appointment Offices will be closed on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22, 2019.

The Chatham-Kent Mental Health and Addictions Program Out-Patient Department will be closed on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22, 2019. For any immediate crisis, please call the crisis line at 1-866-299-7447 or visit your nearest Emergency Room.

Elston Pharmacy, located at the Chatham Site, will be closed on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22, 2019.

The Oncology/Chemotherapy Department will be closed on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22, 2019.

The Business Office and Cashier’s Office will be closed on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22, 2019. Please note there are two bill changers in the building to accommodate change for coin.

Hemodialysis Care will be open on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22, 2019.

The Emergency Departments at the Chatham and Wallaceburg sites will remain open 24 hours daily.

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