Essex Region Conservation Authority logo, February 17, 2018. Courtesy of ERCA.

UPDATE: Possible Shoreline Flooding In Windsor-Essex Extended Into Tuesday

The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) has issued a flood watch for residents along the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair shorelines.

The conservation authority says east/northeast winds will continue on Sunday and Monday with sustained wind speeds of 20 to 30 km/hr and the potential for wind gusts up to 50 km/hr.

ERCA says flooding, shoreline erosion, and damaging waves are possible along portions of the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair shorelines.

The potential areas most significantly impacted along the Lake Erie shoreline are the north and east sides of Pelee Island and the southeast shoreline of Leamington between Wheatley Harbour and Point Pelee. The areas with the highest potential for flooding along the shoreline of Lake St. Clair are the western portions of Lakeshore and Tecumseh, and the eastern portions of Windsor.

Portions of the southeast shoreline in Leamington were significantly damaged during lake/wind storm events earlier this year. ERCA recommends that flood control dykes are monitored in the southeast Leamington area.

Areas along the Detroit River may also experience increased water levels due to the sustained northeast winds. Windsor should monitor water levels along the flood control dykes within the Little River Drain corridor.

People should take extra caution and avoid shoreline areas. The combination of slippery banks, waves with debris, and fast moving water can be dangerous. Children, pets, and livestock should be kept away from flowing water, standing water, and shoreline/breakwall areas.

This watch is in effect until Tuesday at 9am.