Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Water levels rising in Wallaceburg, flood watch issued

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority have upgraded a water safety bulletin to a flood watch, as water levels are still rising in Wallaceburg.

“Rain and above-freezing temperatures continue to further snowpack loss and runoff,” SCRCA officials said in a bulletin issued on Sunday evening, January 26.

“Water levels are beginning to peak mid-watershed, and are continuing to rise in Wallaceburg. Water levels are elevated into natural floodplain areas, parks and farm fields. Soils are expected to be saturated and could contribute to ponding, increased runoff into watercourses, and possible increased erosion and seepage issues.”

Winds continue from a westerly direction at 20-30km/h, with gusts upwards of 40km/h, SCRCA officials say.

“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.

Rising water may affect the following roads:

– Stanley Line between Kimball Road and Waubuno Road

– Pretty Road north of McCallum 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 Tuesday, January 28, 2020 unless otherwise updated.

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