Strong winds prompt ABCA to issue flood outlook

An area of the Lake Huron shoreline in Bright's Grove closed off due to erosion concerns. January 2021. (BlackburnNews.com file photo)

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has issued a Flood Outlook Water Safety Message for the region.

They said strong winds in the forecast on Friday may result in flooding and erosion problems along the Lake Huron shoreline. This is due to a low pressure system tracking across the Great Lakes.

Northwest winds with sustained wind speeds of 45 to 50 kilometres per hour and peak gusts of 70 to 75 kilometres per hour are expected to begin overnight. Strong and sustained northwest winds will produce maximum wave heights in excess of three metres, before dissipating late in the day Friday.

The authority said continued erosion of the lakeshore bluff and beach areas is expected. Combined with saturated ground conditions, there will be a heightened risk of bluff failures.

We’re reminded to stay well back from breaking waves and to stay away from top-of-bluff areas during and after the storm, in case there has been any movement of the lake bank.

The notice will remain in place until 9 a.m. on Saturday, unless local conditions warrant further updates.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will continue to monitor watershed conditions and will provide an update if required.