Flood watch issued for the Lake Erie shoreline

August 26, 2019 (Photo by Allanah Wills)

Another flood watch has been issued for the Lake Erie shoreline in Chatham-Kent.

The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) issued the watch on Saturday afternoon.

According to the conservation authority, winds are expected to reach up to 30 kilometres per hour on Saturday evening and last throughout the weekend, with wind gusts of over 60 kilometres per hour.

As a result, waves are predicted to reach between one to two metre range on Lake Erie.

“Given the forecasts calling for sustained wind speeds between 30 and 45 km/hr, from a south or southwest direction, some flooding is expected along Erie Shore Drive in Chatham-Kent, during the time period ranging from this evening into tomorrow evening,”┬áthe LTVCA said in a release. “There would also be some risk of flooding in other south-facing shoreline communities along Lake Erie.”

People are reminded to take extra cautions and avoid the shorelines if conditions get rough.

The flood watch is in effect until Monday.