Flood watch issued for Great Lakes shorelines in Chatham-Kent

Waves along Lake Erie. April 10, 2019. (Photo courtesy of the LTVCA).

Strong winds in the forecast over the next few days have prompted the local conservation authority to issue a flood watch for areas of Chatham-Kent.

The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) issued the watch on Tuesday afternoon for the Great Lakes shorelines including Erie Shore Drive, Rose Beach Line, Lighthouse Cove, and Rondeau Bay communities.

According to the conservation authority, winds are expected to reach up to 35 kilometres per hour on Tuesday night and last throughout the weekend. As a result, waves are predicted to reach in the one metre range on Lake Erie and 0.5 metres for the rest of the week on Lake St. Clair.

“People should avoid the shoreline of the Great Lakes should conditions get rough,” the LTVCA said in a release. “The waves can be strong and the shoreline slippery. There could also be hazardous debris within the waves and water which could be thrown onto the shore.”

Officials will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates if necessary. The flood watch is in effect until Monday.