Wednesday, April 8, 2020

SCRCA: Flood warning continues across the region

A flood warning continues to be issued by the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, as minor flooding is being seen across the watershed and in Wallaceburg.

“Upwards of 75mm of rain have been received in some areas across the watershed,” SCRCA officials stated.

“Water levels are high across the area, with many locations seeing inundation into natural floodplain areas. Water levels continue to slowly rise in the lower reaches of the Sydenham River. The McKeough Dam remains on standby.”

SCRCA officials added: “As the influx of water moves throughout the system, it is anticipated that the east branch of the Sydenham River will peak in Dresden tomorrow between the early morning and afternoon, and Wallaceburg tomorrow afternoon.”

The following roads are impacted by flooding:

St. Clair Township:

– Stanley Line east of Kimball Road

– Pretty Road north of McCallum Line

Enniskillen Township:

– Durham Creek Line at Black Ash Line

– Fairweather Road Between Rokeby Line and Shiloh Line

– Fairweather Road between Oil Springs Line and Aberfeldy Line

Reports say Nelson Street extension in Wallaceburg is also temporarily closed.

“River banks are expected to be slippery, with possible minor erosion,” SCRCA officials stated.

“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 13, 2020, unless otherwise updated.

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