Month-long flood watch issued for Lake Erie, St. Clair shorelines

Lake Erie shoreline. October 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority)

The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) has issued a standing flood watch for the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair shorelines for the month of June.

In a release Saturday, the authority said current water levels on Lake St. Clair, around 176 metres, is one centimetre above the all-time record high monthly average for June set last year and eight centimetres below last year’s peak daily average water level set on July 7/8.

LTVCA said current average daily water levels on Lake St. Clair, around 175.12 metres, are only two centimetres below the all-time record high monthly average for June set last year and seven centimetres below last year’s peak daily average water level set on June 22.

The release says moderate sustained winds, thunderstorms and/or heavy rains could cause flooding, erosion and shoreline damage on both lakes.

It concludes by saying “should weather forecasts suggest a sustained wind event likely to cause shoreline issues, this message will be upgraded.”