Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Flood warning: McKeough Dam gates beginning to open

St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) officials say the opening of the McKeough Dam gates has begun, as a flood warning continues across the region.

SCRCA officials say water levels remain high and there are several road closures in place.

“Strong winds causing backflow in Wallaceburg have subsided and water levels are receding, however still remain high,” SCRCA officials said in a press release issued Monday morning, March 30, 2020 at 9:12 a.m.

“The opening procedure for the McKeough Dam has begun as of 8:15 a.m. this morning. Some locations are still experiencing elevated water levels into floodplain areas, parks and farm fields, as the rain received this weekend still makes its way through the watershed.”

The following roads may be impacted 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 say.

“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 say.

Municipal emergency response staff and road superintendents should monitor local conditions closely.

This flood warning will remain in effect until Wednesday, April 1, 2020 unless otherwise updated.

Here are some more photos taken by Dana Haggith on Sunday evening in Wallaceburg:

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