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Riverine Flood Warning Update (Event message #4)

January 27, 2024

The Long Point Region Conservation Authority is maintaining the Riverine Flood Warning for lower Big Otter Creek from Tillsonburg to Port Burwell.

The precipitation that fell in the Long Point Region watershed combined with the melting snowpack has caused area watercourses to rise significantly.

While the flows in Big Otter Creek at Tillsonburg appear to have crested early this morning, stream flows remain high at Tillsonburg and are still rising in Calton. River levels are expected to continue to rise through Calton and Vienna until later tonight. Flooding may occur in areas along the lower Big Otter Creek in Bayham Township, specifically in the town of Vienna. Due to the current water levels, flood coordinators should keep a close watch on river conditions and warn property owners in the most flood-prone areas of Vienna of the potential for flooding. At the present time we do not expect flood levels to reach a stage 1 in Vienna (149 cms).

People are warned to stay away from ditches, streams, rivers and ponds as the combination of slippery banks and cold, fast-flowing water is dangerous. Parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from these areas.

Landowners are also advised to make sure dams, culverts and catch basins are free from debris and properly functioning, if safe to do so.

Water levels are expected to remain high for the next few days. LPRCA staff will continue to monitor watershed conditions and will update this message as necessary.

Therefore, this Flood Warning is in effect until 12:00 pm, Monday, January 29, 2024.

Contact Paul Gagnon, 519-842-4242 ext. 232 should further information be required.

NOTE: Flood Warning – Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.