UPDATE: Fifth Street Bridge to close again, flood warning still in effect

Debris gathers at the Fifth Street Bridge in Chatham. September 26, 2021. (Photo courtesy of @hedzup00 via Twitter)

The Fifth Street Bridge is open again in downtown Chatham.

But the Municipality of Chatham-Kent announced Monday that it will be closing the Fifth Street Bridge at King Street again starting at 9 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday morning so that crews can set up a crane, which will be used to remove debris that has become caught on the bridge piers due to high water levels.

It is a continuation of the work crews started on Sunday night into Monday morning.

In the meantime, a flood warning is still in place for areas along the Thames River in Chatham-Kent as high water levels continue Monday.

Officials with the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority said Sunday afternoon that flooding of the river flats along the Thames River from Delaware down to Thamesville continues.

Water levels are expected to peak in Chatham Monday morning, but as of Sunday afternoon, no flooding was expected in basements of businesses along King Street or in Lighthouse Cove further downstream.

Water levels on the Thames River are expected to remain high for the next few days.