The McKeough Dam in now in operation, as a flood warning continues across the region.
“Strong wind gusts and recent high rainfall are causing water levels in Wallaceburg to breach the steambank and move into the surrounding floodplain,” St. Clair Region Conservation Authority officials said in a press release, issued at 6:32 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
“With winds anticipated to continue into the night, the gates to the McKeough Dam are being operated and the north branch of the Sydenham River will be diverted to the St. Clair River.”
SCRCA officials The following roads are impacted by water levels and should be avoided:
– Otter Creek Line, Nelson Street north of McKee, and Emily Street at Elizabeth in Wallaceburg.
– Waterworks Road north of Courtright Line.
– Stanley Line between Kimball Road and Waubuno Road.
– Pretty Road north of McCallum Line.
– Main Street in Mitchell’s Bay east of Hinkle Point Road, as well as several side streets in the village.
“River banks are expected to be slippery, with possible erosion,” SCRCA officials stated.
“Residents are reminded to avoid watercourses and flooded areas due to slippery banks and cold, swift moving water, as well as shorelines during high-wind and wave action events. 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, SCRCA officials added.
“Municipal emergency response staff and road superintendents should monitor local conditions closely.”
This flood warning will remain in effect until Tuesday, March 31, 2020 unless otherwise updated.