A flood watch has been issued by the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, as upwards of 50 mm of rain was received over the past 24 hours.
SCRCA officials say water levels are rising quickly, there is fast flowing water and slippery stream banks and there is the potential for road closures.
“High amounts of precipitation have been experienced across the watershed over the past day,” SCRCA officials stated.
“Water levels are rising with the potential for localized flooding in floodplain areas, parks and farm fields. Soils are expected to be saturated from the rain and could contribute to ponding, increased runoff into watercourses, and possible increased erosion and seepage issues.”
SCRCA officials added: “Winds from a southwesterly direction are anticipated to slow the flow of water and contribute to elevated water levels.”
The following roads may be impacted by high water levels. These roads include:
– Stanley Line east of Kimball Road
– Pretty Road north of McCallum Line
– Waterworks Road between Moore Line and Courtright Line
“River banks are expected to be slippery, with possible minor erosion,” SCRCA officials added.
“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 Tuesday, October 29, 2019 unless otherwise updated.