Saturday, August 15, 2020

Water safety bulletin issued


The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority has issued a water safety bulletin for an indefinite amount of time.

SCRCA officials say there are sustained high water levels in Wallaceburg and record high water levels on Lake St. Clair.

“High water levels on Lake Huron, St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair, in addition to a wet spring, has resulted in elevated water levels across the watershed,” SCRCA officials stated.

“With water levels remaining high at the outlet of the Sydenham River, it has slowed the movement of water out of the system. These conditions have led to sustained high water levels in Wallaceburg, where water is approximately 20 to 30 cm higher than average for this time of year.”

Elevated water levels create conditions in which winds from a southerly or westerly direction, or minimal amounts of precipitation, can further slow the movement of water out of the Sydenham River and elevate water levels or flooding in the Wallaceburg region, SCRCA officials stated.

“Soils already saturated from rain and prolonged high water levels could contribute to ponding, increased runoff into watercourses, and possible increased erosion and seepage issues,” SCRCA officials stated.

“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 indefinitely unless otherwise updated.

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