John Simpson, a concerned Leamington resident says Lake Erie has blown through east beach. (Photo submitted by John Simpson)

Flood watch extended again

The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) has once again extended its flood watch.

The latest will run until August 2 because of strong wind and record high lake levels.

The flood watch is in effect for all shorelines in the Essex region, including Pelee Island. The ERCA said low lying beach communities and shoreline areas along Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, and Lake Erie are areas of concern. Low lying areas along the downstream of major tributaries are also a worry.

The conservation authority added that elevated lake levels have significantly reduced the required wind speed to cause flooding issues.

The region has experienced multiple flooding events with wind speeds between 30-35 km/hr from the northeast and east/northeast directions.