(SCRCA)

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority has issued a flood watch, as approximately 25 mm of rain is expected in the next 24 hours.

SCRCA officials say water levels are expected to rise, fast flowing water and slippery stream banks are expected and there is the potential for road closures.

“A low pressure system is expected to move through the region, resulting in upwards of 25 mm of rain starting this morning and continuing overnight,” SCRCA officials say.

“This precipitation has the potential to elevate water levels into natural floodplain areas, agricultural fields and parks. Soils already saturated from the rain in the past week could contribute to ponding and increased runoff into watercourses. Winds from the south are expected to slow the flow of water out of Wallaceburg and contribute to the rise of water levels.”

River banks are expected to be slippery, with possible minor erosion, SCRCA official say.

“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.

The flood watch will remain in effect until Friday, May 10, 2019 unless otherwise updated.