Friday, November 27, 2020

Flood watch issued

sydenham river

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

“Water levels have been climbing quickly and have resulted in over-bank flooding into floodplain areas with over 50 mm of precipitation being received across the area in the last 12 hours,” SCRCA officials stated.

The watch was issued at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Watercourses are experiencing near bank full conditions as rain continues to drain through the watershed. Localized flooding has continued to expand into low lying areas overnight, mostly into agricultural, parkland and floodplain areas,” SCRCA officials stated.

Water levels in all areas of the watershed are expected to remain high with swift flowing water throughout the weekend, officials said.

“Additional roads and watercourses will continue to be affected. In St. Clair Township, Pretty Road near Stanley Road will be closed due to flooding. Additional bulletins will be issued should conditions change. Residents are reminded to avoid watercourses and flooded areas due to saturated and slippery banks as well as the danger of swift moving water.”

The SCRCA will monitor the flood condition of the watersheds in the region and will provide warnings to municipal officials and media in the event conditions develop which could result in the potential of more severe flooding. SCRCA said.

This message will remain in effect until Monday, June 27 unless otherwise updated.

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