Flood watch in effect for Lake St. Clair shoreline

Flooding at Lighthouse Cove. February 25, 2018. (Photo by Matt Weverink).

The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) has issued a flood watch for areas along the Lake St. Clair shoreline on Sunday evening.

Ahead of a special weather statement that’s expected to bring strong winds, and precipitation throughout Monday afternoon and into Tuesday, the LTVCA predicts that water levels will begin to rise near the mouth of the Thames River. Wind gusts between 60-70 kilometres are possible creating waves on Lake St. Clair that could reach one metre in height. Mixed precipitation is expected to bring upwards of 15-25 millimetres of water, over half that is predicted to fall as snow.

The strong winds and waves could cause flooding, erosion, and shoreline damage around areas near the lake and the community of Lighthouse Cove. Flooding from waves and wave spray is expected, though flooding from the canals is not expected. The winds are not predicted to be from a direction that would impact areas along the Lake Erie shoreline.

The conservation authority is advising people to take extra caution around the shorelines, and avoid them should conditions become rough. The flood watch will remain in effect until December 2.