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Lake Erie Shoreline Flood Watch [Flood Message #1 | November 19, 2022]

November 19, 2022

Long Point Region Conservation Authority is issuing a Shoreline Flood Watch for all areas within its watershed.

Flood Status Indicator: Flood Watch

A significant weather system is forecast to bring high winds to the Lower Great Lakes Region today (Saturday) into Sunday. Areas along the lower Great Lakes, especially Lake Erie, will see winds from the south/southwest ranging from 25 to 45 km/h with the potential for higher gusts this evening (Saturday) into Sunday morning.

Forecast winds across Lake Erie will result in increased water levels due to storm surge and wave heights, with the potential to reach local flood thresholds. This may result in minor shoreline flooding, wave uprush and increased erosion across the forecast area.

For the eastern end of Lake Erie, a moderate storm surge is forecasted, with water levels at Port Colborne expected to peak around 1.8 m above chart datum over the next 24 hours. Waves slightly over 1.5 to 2m are also predicted for Lake Erie shorelines during this event.

Residents are urged to use caution and stay away from Lake Erie shoreline areas experiencing strong wave action and elevated water levels. Parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from these areas. A close watch on local weather conditions is recommended.

Community flood coordinators are asked to monitor road conditions along the lakeshore.

Water levels are expected to remain high until Sunday morning. Therefore, this Flood Watch is in effect until 12 p.m. Monday, November 21, 2022. LPRCA staff will continue to monitor conditions throughout the watershed and will update this message as necessary.

Contact Brady Baker, 519-842-4242 ext. 265, should further information be required.