Saturday, August 15, 2020

McKeough Dam remains in operation, flood warning extended

The McKeough Dam remains in operation and a flood warning has been extended by the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority.

SCRCA officials say flooding is occurring in Wallaceburg and across the watershed.

“Water levels remain high across the watershed after this weekend’s rain event, with water still residing in natural floodplain areas and parks,” SCRCA officials stated.

“Water levels are slowly falling across the region but remain high in Wallaceburg. The gates of the McKeough Dam remain closed and water continues to be diverted as levels in Wallaceburg have not reached the conditions necessary to initiate opening the gates.”

A number of roads are impacted due to flooding:

– Tefler Road between Courtright Line and Moore Line

– Stanley Line between Kimball Road and Waubuno Road

– Indian Creek Road between Bentpath Line and Wilkesport Line

– Duthill Road between Holt Line and Smith Line

– Waubuno Road between Bickford Line and Tennyson Line

– Waterworks Road north of Courtright Line

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

“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 Thursday, January 16, 2020, unless otherwise updated.

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