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Flood Concerns With High Winds Predicted

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is keeping an eye on lake levels with high winds in the forecast.

Levels are currently below flood watch criteria but the authority is concerned with high winds speeds of 40 to 45 km/hr in the forecast.

The authority warns with the duration of the predicted wind there is a possibility of near shore erosion and breakwall damage.

The areas that could be affected the most are the south and west shorelines of Pelee Island, the western shoreline of Point Pelee National Park, the western shoreline of the Municipality of Leamington, and along the shorelines in Kingsville, Essex and Amherstburg.

The authority is reminding people to take extra caution and avoid shoreline areas during high winds. The combination of slippery banks, waves, waves overtopping breakwalls, and fast moving water can be dangerous.

ERCA will be monitoring the forecast closely until Thursday at noon.