'Long-term' flood watch issued for Essex, as Lake Erie and St. Clair continue to rise
Both lakes averaging elevation levels of 175 metres: ERCA
Record lake levels have the Essex Region Conservation Authority issuing a "long-term" flood watch for all shoreline areas within the Essex region, including Pelee Island.
Areas of concern are the low-lying beach communities and shoreline areas along Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River and Lake Erie, as well as low-lying areas along the downstream reaches of major tributaries.
"Unless superseded by a Flood Warning, this watch will remain in effect until June 28, 2019 at which time conditions will be reevaluated," ERCA said in a statement.
The weather authority adds Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie are averaging elevation levels of about 175 metres.
"As we approach mid-June, both lakes are still on the rise."