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'Long-term' flood watch issued for Essex, as Lake Erie and St. Clair continue to rise

Record lake levels have the Essex Region Conservation Authority issuing a 'long-term' flood watch for all shoreline areas within the Essex region.

Both lakes averaging elevation levels of 175 metres: ERCA

ERCA has reissued a 'long-term' flood watch for the Essex region. (Essex Region Conservation Authority)

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"Unless superseded by a Flood Warning, this watch will remain in effect until June 28, 2019 at which time conditions will be reevaluated," ERCA said in a statement.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."

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