Flooding risk along Pelee Island shoreline

Photo of the shore of Pelee Island courtesy of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.

High water levels and strong winds have prompted the local conservation authority to issue an advisory regarding possible flood for part of Pelee Island.

The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) issued a watershed conditions statement on Thursday for the western shoreline of Pelee Island, with wind speeds expected to reach close to 30 kilometres per hour overnight into Friday. Conservation officials said with the current high lake levels, there is an increased risk of flooding along the western shoreline.

“These conditions may cause increased wave activity and impact the western shoreline of the island; an area that sustained significant damage through 2018 and 2019,” ERCA said in the statement. “While many areas were repaired in 2019, the shoreline remains susceptible to damage under conditions with elevated lake levels, moderate to strong winds out of the west and southwest, and no ice to protect it from direct wave impact.”

Residents in the area are urged to use caution around flooded areas, as well as rivers, streams, and shoreline areas during significant rainfall or wind events, as conditions can become dangerous.