Flood watch issued for Lake Erie shoreline

According to the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, strong winds from the southwest may cause waves between 0.5 and 1 m high late Tuesday morning and afternoon.

Strong winds could cause waves between 0.5 and 1 m high

Strong winds are expected in the coming days. (Katerina Georgieva/CBC)

The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) has issued a flood watch for the Lake Erie shoreline. 

According to the conservation authority, strong winds from the southwest are forecasted on Lake Erie late Tuesday morning and afternoon.

"Winds are forecasted to be stronger on the eastern half of Lake Erie," reads an excerpt from an LTVCA media release. "However, some forecasts are also calling for strong winds on our end of the lake, possibly exceeding 30 km/hr."

If this happens, waves between 0.5 and 1 m could be expected.  

The conservation authority added that there's a risk of thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday, which could cause flooding in "low lying shoreline areas."

"Due to the high lake levels, the groundwater table is high and storm water sewer systems and local watercourses are full with lake water," the LTVCA said.

"As a result, rainwater is not draining properly from these areas. Any water from upstream making its way downstream on these watercourses into these shoreline areas could cause additional flooding."

The LTVCA said there's a risk of erosion, shoreline damage and flooding along the lake, especially along Erie Shore Drive in the Erie Beach area.

Lake Erie reached record-breaking water levels in May and June 2019. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the fourth-largest Great Lake broke June records previously set in 1986.


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