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Sydenham River Waters Rising

Authorities are keeping a close eye on the rising waters of one local river.

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) issued a flood outlook Sunday afternoon. Director of water resources Girish Sankar says water levels on the Sydenham River and its tributaries are rising due to copious amounts of rain falling this weekend.

The SCRCA’s flood outlook says localised flooding is occurring in low-lying areas, including agricultural fields, parklands and floodplains.

Rising waters have prompted the closure of Pretty Rd. north of McCallum Line in St. Clair Township.

Water levels are expected to remain high over the course of the next few days.

Additional roads may be impacted Sunday night and Monday. The SCRCA says municipal emergency response staff and road superintendents should review emergency response plans and monitor local conditions closely.

Residents are reminded to avoid watercourses and flooded areas due to saturated and slippery banks, as well as the danger of swift moving water.

Children and pets should be kept away from the water.

The SCRCA will continue to monitor watershed conditions.

This outlook will stay in effect until Monday unless otherwise indicated.