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Essex County OPP Issues Travel Warning

If you don’t have to be out on the roads, stay home. That’s the message from Ontario Provincial Police in Essex County.

The OPP has issued a travel warning for commuters in Essex County, after rain, freezing rain and high winds affected the region throughout the weekend.

Commuters are being urged to stay off area roadways unless travel is absolutely necessary.

OPP Constable Jim Root reports that some roads between Kingsville and the Belcreft Beach area in Harrow are under water with generalized flooding to roads and some homes along the Lake Erie shoreline. The Kingsville Harbour break wall has apparently been breached by increasing water levels.

Although forecasters say the rain should subside Sunday evening, the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) has advised that lake levels will not soon recede and high winds are expected to remain until late Sunday.

The OPP are advising residents of the Cedar Island area to carefully monitor the weather and water levels and consider moving to higher ground until the weather improves.

Area fire officials, the OPP and public works departments across the county are working longer shifts to ensure residents are safe and informed.

Further updates will be provided as they become available.