High water level in Maitland River at Lower Town Wingham (BlackburnNews.com photo)

Levels Still High In Rivers And Streams, But Dropping Slowly

All the local conservation authorities are using the word “receding” in news releases Thursday when referring to the high water levels.

But there are still flood warnings posted for the Maitland and Nine Mile River watersheds, as well as parts of Grey Sauble, and Grand River watersheds.

Water levels have peaked, but are still flowing fast and dangerous.

The Chesley Main Street Bridge is closed indefinitely after suffering structural damage because of the high, fast-moving water.

There there are detours set up at Bruce Rd. 19 and Bruce Rd. 10.

Damage to the Chesley bridge (photo courtesy of James Hemstock)

Engineers are also keeping an eye on the high water levels and an ice jam at the Teeswater River Bridge in Paisley on Bruce Rd. 3.

And Bruce Rd. 1 in Paisley from Duke St. to Wellington St. is closed.

Quite a few county roads and intersections are still flooded and closed because of washouts.

Flood Watches remain posted for the Saugeen Valley and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authorities.

In St. Marys, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is reporting the highest volume of water on record since 1948.

Operations at the Wildwood Dam and Trout Creek Reservoir reduced peak flows through the town. But the area known as the Flats is flooded and closed to the public.

That includes the Milt Dunnell Field and several nearby roads, streets and pedestrian footbridges.

Flooded intersection and parkland in Lower Town Wingham on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (BlackburnNews.com photo)