(SCRCA)

A flood warning has been issued by the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA).

Officials say minor flooding in Wallaceburg and Dresden is expected.

“Heavy precipitation overnight has resulted in quickly rising water levels and water flowing into natural floodplain areas, agricultural fields and parks,” SCRCA officials stated.

“An additional 5-10mm of precipitation is forecasted over the next 24 hours. Soils have become saturated in various areas throughout the watershed, which may contribute to ponding and increased runoff into rivers.”

SCRCA officials say upwards of 40mm of rain was received since midnight in locations across the region.

The following roads will be impacted by high water levels:

– Charlemont Road between Pretty Road and Brigden Road

– Waterworks Road between Courtright Line and Moore Line

– Stanley Line east of Kimball Road

– Pretty Road north of McCallum Line

“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 message will remain in effect until Sunday, April 28, 2019 unless otherwise updated.