The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority has issued a water safety bulletin across the region.
SCRCA officials said rising water levels and minor flooding is taking place, in a bulletin released on Saturday evening, January 25.
“Upwards of 15mm of rain received across the region over the past 24 hours has resulted in substantial loss of snow,” SCRCA officials say.
“Runoff into watercourses is leading to a slow rise in water levels, which has the potential to elevate levels into natural 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.”
Winds from a westerly direction of 20-30km/h, gusting upwards of 40km/h, are expected into Monday morning, SCRCA officials stated.
“Winds from this direction have the potential to cause a backwater effect in the Wallaceburg area, further slowing the movement of water out of the river and contributing to elevated water levels,” SCRCA officials say.
“River banks are expected to be slippery, with possible minor erosion. 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 Monday, January 27, 2020 unless otherwise updated.