Water Levels Going Down In Chatham (GALLERY)

Siskind Ct, Chatham on Sunday morning. February 25, 2018. (Photo by Natalia Vega)

Water levels in Chatham are starting to go down but conservation officials say it will take days before flooded areas in the community are dry.

General manager of the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, Mark Peacock says the water levels in Chatham peaked Saturday evening around 7pm-8pm.

As of 8am Sunday morning, water levels have gone down about 4 inches in part of the city.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on Saturday, calling for as much as 20mm of rain. Peacock says that much rainfall could have been problematic but luckily Chatham-Kent didn’t get nearly as much rain as predicted.

Some roads in the community such as Kent Bridge Rd. reopened Sunday morning, however, a number of closures are still in place.

Peacock says it will take a number of days before the water gets back to normal level, which means it could be a while before affected areas are able to recover from the flooding.

According to a news release sent on Sunday, all schools of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board and Lambton Kent District School Board will be open on Monday as normal; however, some bus routes may be affected by road closures.

More information about school buses can be found online.

The EarlyON child care at Thamesville Area Central Public School and the Before-and-After School Program at Zone Township Central School will be open on Monday as well.

More to come.