The Essex Region Conservation Authority advises that, due to the current and predicted sustained wind out of the southwest, a Flood Watch is in effect for the Lake Erie shoreline west of Point Pelee National Park, and the west and south shorelines of Pelee Island.
Wind speeds are expected to continue to be at speeds nearing 40 km/hr with gusts exceeding 50 km/hr for the remainder of this evening and potential through Wednesday. Based on the forecasts and the current lake levels, there is a potential for near shore erosion with waves overtopping breakwalls, splashing and spray. Waves overtopping breakwalls have the potential to transport rocks and debris onto adjacent lands. In the area of direct wave attack, there is the potential for breakwall and shoreline structure damage.
People should take extra caution to avoid areas where flooding is occurring as well as rivers, streams, and shoreline areas during significant rainfall and wind/lake events. The combination of slippery banks, waves, waves overtopping shoreline structures, and fast moving water can be dangerous. Standing water can also present its own unseen hazards. Children, pets, and livestock should be kept away from flowing or standing water as well as shoreline areas.
The previously issued Watershed Conditions Statement remains in effect for the Region until November 1st.
Officials at the Essex Region Conservation Authority will continue to monitor conditions and weather forecasts and advise accordingly.