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Flood Watch (Event Message #2)

February 23, 2019

The Long Point Region Conservation Authority is updating the Flood Watch issued yesterday for all areas along the Lake Erie shoreline.

Environment Canada is continuing to expect strong southwest winds with gusts of 90 to 100 km/hr to develop in the wake of a cold front sweeping through Southern Ontario Sunday morning and afternoon. Gusts near 110 km/h are possible especially in areas near the Lake Erie shoreline. Winds are expected to continue through Sunday night and weaken into Monday.

Current surge models are predicting Lake Erie to rise to their highest level seen this year. Based on current models the forecast below applies:

  • Current Lake Erie level in Long Point: 174.6 m (excluding waves)
  • Lake Erie estimated peak level in Long Point: 175.6 m (excluding waves)
  • Estimated time of peak: Sunday afternoon

Lake levels are expected to begin to rise late Sunday morning and peak late afternoon. Flooding can be expected in low lying areas along the Lake Erie shoreline.

Community flood coordinators are advised to monitor the lakeshore and implement measures as necessary.

People are urged to use caution or stay away from Lake Erie shoreline areas experiencing strong wave action and elevated water levels.

LPRCA staff will continue to monitor Lake Erie conditions and will update this message as necessary.

This Flood Watch is in effect until noon, Monday, February 25, 2019.

Contact Ben Hodi at 519-842-4242 ext. 264 should further information be required.