High Winds And Waves May Cause Erosion, Minor Flooding In Low-Lying Areas Along The Lakeshore Wednesday

A Watershed/Shoreline Conditions Statement is in effect for much of the Lake Erie shoreline. With high winds and waves in the forecast, Haldimand County Emergency Services is urging residents to stay away from shoreline areas. These weather conditions may cause erosion and minor flooding in low-lying areas along the lake. The Port Maitland Pier is also being closed due to high water levels.

Current forecasts are calling for sustained westerly to southwesterly winds of 40 to 50 km/hr. with gusts approaching 70 km/hr. These winds will increase water levels and waves along the Lake Erie Shoreline.

Significant wave heights of 1.5m (5 feet) are forecast to occur all along the Lake Erie shoreline. Water levels are starting to build, and peak water levels will occur late afternoon today with the potential for another peak late this evening.

People are urged to use caution or 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.

Haldimand County Emergency Services and Roads crews will be actively monitoring conditions along the lake and are prepared to respond if needed.

A flood guide for lakeshore property owners can be found at HaldimandCounty.ca/floods.

 

Incoming weather system poses risk of flooding for Lake Erie shoreline

An incoming weather system has the potential to cause flooding along the Lake Erie shoreline Wednesday evening into Thursday.

Environment Canada has issued a strong wind warning, forecasting strong southwesterly winds of 50 km/h with gusts up to 100 km/h over Lake Erie Wednesday evening and into early Thursday morning. With the forecasted winds, a lake surge is expected to cause minor flooding in low lying areas along the Lake Erie shoreline and lower reaches of some tributaries. Wave uprush and increased shoreline erosion can be expected from this event.

Peak lake levels are currently expected to occur between late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Wave heights are forecast to reach up to 2 meters along the shoreline.

A Flood Zone lookup tool is available at HaldimandCounty.ca/floods where residents may check to see if their property would be impacted by a Zone 1 flood.

Members of the public are being urged to stay away from Lake Erie shoreline areas experiencing strong wave action and elevated water levels and parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from these areas.

High winds can toss loose objects and turn them into extremely dangerous projectiles. For this reason, residents are encouraged to shut storm shutters and tie down or secure outdoor items.

Haldimand County Emergency Services & Public Works Operations staff will be actively monitoring lake/road conditions and are prepared to respond if necessary. Residents should pay close attention to changing weather conditions and watch for updated flood messages. A flood guide for lakeshore property owners and other emergency preparedness resources can be found at HaldimandCounty.ca/floods.

Check the Haldimand County website, Facebook & Twitter pages for the most up-to-date flood messages. You can also tune in to 92.9 The Grand FM, Haldimand’s official emergency broadcast partner.

Significant Flooding & Erosion Expected Along Lake Erie Shoreline Monday, Haldimand County Emergency Services Ready To Respond

A Flood Warning remains in effect for the Lake Erie shoreline. The storm in the forecast for Monday is expected to cause extremely dangerous conditions. With high winds and waves anticipated, there is a high risk of flooding, erosion and property damage midday through Monday evening.

Individuals currently staying at properties along the lake are being urged to leave and return to their permanent residences. Permanent residents should shelter in place until otherwise directed by emergency officials, unless at any time they feel their safety is in jeopardy, in which case they should leave immediately. Haldimand County Emergency Services staff will be monitoring conditions and are prepared to respond as needed. Preparations are underway should evacuations be deemed necessary.

Residents who are unable to leave lakeshore residences or require support in finding temporary accommodations/shelter are encouraged to contact Victim Services at 1-800-264-6671. Residents are also reminded of the following storm contacts:

If you are facing an emergency, dial 9-1-1.  9‑1‑1 is for police, fire or medical emergencies when immediate action is required. During a flood, dial 9-1-1 only if you feel your safety is at risk.

To report a public roadway obstruction (e.g: downed tree, water over the road or debris blocking a roadway) call 1-888-849-7345.

If you see a downed power line caused by a storm or accident, maintain a distance of 10 metres or more and report it to both 911 and Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235.

If you are experiencing a power outage, call Hydro One’s 24/7 province-wide outage hotline at 1-800-434-1235. You can view Hydro One’s live outage map which includes restoration time information.

It is important to note that the static lake level is currently about 35-40 cm (roughly 1.25 feet) higher than during the strong wind events in October & November of last year which will have an impact on the severity of this event.

People are urged to 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.

High winds can toss loose objects and turn them into extremely dangerous projectiles. For this reason, residents are urged to shut storm shutters and tie down or secure outdoor items. Debris and water on roadways is another hazard associated with this storm event, and individuals who must travel should do so with extreme caution. It is NEVER safe to drive through floodwater.

Residents should pay close attention to changing weather conditions and watch for updated flood messages. A flood guide for lakeshore property owners and other emergency preparedness resources can be found at HaldimandCounty.ca/floods.

Check the Haldimand County website, Facebook & Twitter pages for the most up-to-date flood messages. You can also tune in to 92.9 The Grand FM, Haldimand’s official emergency broadcast partner.

This Flood Warning will remain in effect until Tuesday, April 14 at 2pm and will be updated as needed.

Severe Conditions Expected Along Lake Erie Shoreline Monday, People Asked To Leave Lakeshore Residences, Cottages

A Flood Warning remains in effect for the Lake Erie shoreline. The storm in the forecast for Monday is expected to cause extremely dangerous conditions. With high winds and waves anticipated, there is a high risk of flooding and property damage.

Individuals currently staying at properties along the lake are encouraged to leave and return to their permanent residences. Permanent residents should shelter in place until otherwise directed by emergency officials, unless at any time they feel their safety is in jeopardy, in which case they should leave immediately. Haldimand County Emergency Services staff will be monitoring conditions and are prepared to respond as needed. Preparations are underway should evacuations be deemed necessary.

Environment Canada has issued a gale warning, forecasting strong southwesterly winds of 65-75 km/h and gusts up to 100 km/h over Lake Erie on Monday afternoon and evening. With the forecasted winds, flooding is expected to impact low lying areas along the Lake Erie shoreline and lower reaches of some tributaries. Wave uprush and increased shoreline erosion can be expected from this event.

It is important to note that the static lake level is currently about 35-40 cm (roughly 1.25 feet) higher than during the strong wind events in October & November of last year.

People are urged to 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.

High winds can toss loose objects and turn them into extremely dangerous projectiles. For this reason, residents are urged to shut storm shutters and tie down or secure outdoor items. Debris and water on roadways is another hazard associated with this storm event, and individuals who must travel should do so with extreme caution. It is NEVER safe to drive through floodwater.

Haldimand County Emergency Services & Public Works Operations staff will be actively monitoring lake/road conditions and are prepared to respond if necessary. Residents should pay close attention to changing weather conditions and watch for updated flood messages. A flood guide for lakeshore property owners and other emergency preparedness resources can be found at HaldimandCounty.ca/floods.

Check the Haldimand County website, Facebook & Twitter pages for the most up-to-date flood messages. You can also tune in to 92.9 The Grand FM, Haldimand’s official emergency broadcast partner.

This Flood Warning will remain in effect until Tuesday, April 14 at 2pm and will be updated as needed.

Flood Warning in effect for Lake Erie shoreline ahead of Easter Monday storm

A storm is in the forecast for Easter Monday. With high winds and waves anticipated, there is a risk of flooding in areas along the Lake Erie shoreline.

The expected time frame of biggest impact along the shoreline is approximately between mid-day Monday through Monday evening. Water levels are expected to exceed those seen this past Thursday/Friday when winds were weaker and coming from a more westerly/north-westerly direction.

It is important to note that the static lake level is currently about 35-40 cm (roughly 1.25 feet) higher than during the strong wind events in October & November of last year.

People are urged to 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.

High winds can toss loose objects and turn them into extremely dangerous projectiles. For this reason, residents are urged to shut storm shutters and tie down or secure outdoor items. Debris on roadways is another hazard associated with this storm event, and individuals who must travel should do so with extreme caution.

Haldimand County Emergency Services & Public Works Operations staff will be actively monitoring lake/road conditions and are prepared to respond if necessary. Residents should pay close attention to changing weather conditions and watch for updated flood messages. A flood guide for lakeshore property owners and other emergency preparedness resources can be found at HaldimandCounty.ca/floods.

This Flood Message will be updated as needed, as forecast information becomes available.

Flood Watch for Lake Erie shoreline upgraded to Flood Warning

The Flood Watch for the Lake Erie shoreline has been upgraded to a Flood Warning. With high winds in the forecast, there is a risk of flooding in low-lying areas of the Lake Erie shoreline and downstream of the Dunnville Dam in Port Maitland.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is forecasting sustained strong southwest and west winds ranging from 40 to 50 km/hr, and gusts in excess of 60 km/h Thursday afternoon continuing into Friday. Some light, mixed precipitation is also expected to accompany this event.

The MNRF surge model forecast for the eastern end of Lake Erie is indicating a rise in levels of 2.06 metres (6.8 feet) above chart datum of 173.5 m IGLD85 at the gauge in Port Colborne. The peak above critical level is forecast to occur Thursday evening between approximately 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. Waves of up to 0.85 m are expected.

After receding overnight, a second peak with surge forecast just below warning levels is forecast for Friday morning. Water levels are expected to remain elevated until Friday morning.

People are urged to 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.

Haldimand County Emergency Services will be actively monitoring lake conditions and is prepared to respond if necessary. Residents should pay close attention to changing weather conditions and watch for updated flood messages. A flood guide for lakeshore property owners and other emergency preparedness resources can be found at HaldimandCounty.ca/floods.

This Flood Warning is in effect until noon on Sunday, April 11, 2020 and will be updated as needed.

Flood Watch in effect for Lake Erie shoreline

The Long Point Region Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Watch for the Lake Erie shoreline. Strong winds and high waves are expected to cause flooding in very low-lying areas along the shoreline beginning Thursday morning and continuing into Friday.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is forecasting sustained strong southwest and west winds ranging from 40 to 50 km/hr, and gusts in excess of 60 km/h Thursday morning continuing into Friday. Forecast models are currently forecasting water levels to remain elevated from Thursday morning until Friday morning.

With the forecasted winds, flooding is expected to impact very low-lying areas of the Lake Erie shoreline and lower reaches of some tributaries. People are urged to use caution or 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.

Haldimand County Emergency Services will be actively monitoring lake conditions. Residents should pay close attention to changing weather conditions and watch for updated flood messages. A flood guide for lakeshore property owners and other emergency preparedness resources can be found at HaldimandCounty.ca/floods.

This Flood Watch is in effect until noon on Friday, April 10, 2020.

Flood Watch in effect for Lake Erie shoreline

The Long Point Region Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Watch for the Lake Erie shoreline. Strong winds and high waves are expected to cause flooding in very low-lying areas along the shoreline beginning Friday morning and continuing in the afternoon.

Environment Canada is forecasting sustained strong southwesterly winds with gusts up to 75 km/h Friday morning and continuing into the afternoon. Strong winds are expected to cause wave heights to reach up to 1.73 meters in the Long Point area and up to 1.65 meters towards the eastern limits of the watershed. Forecast models are currently forecasting water levels to remain elevated from Friday morning until Friday evening. Winds are expected to ease early evening on Friday.

People are urged to use caution or 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.

Haldimand County Emergency Services will be actively monitoring conditions throughout Friday. Residents should pay close attention to changing weather conditions and watch for updated flood messages. A flood guide for lakeshore property owners and other emergency preparedness resources can be found at HaldimandCounty.ca/floods.

This Flood Watch is in effect until 9am on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Flood Watch Issued For Grand River Watershed

The Grand River Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Watch for low-lying areas along the Grand River. Warm temperatures, rainfall and snowmelt runoff have caused river levels to rise. Flooding is likely to occur in low-lying areas typically prone to spring flooding.

Flows on local waterways throughout the Grand River watershed will remain elevated through the rest of this week. Ice on local waterways, where it still exists, may break up and shift during this event, increasing the risk of ice jam flooding.

Haldimand County Emergency Services urges residents to stay away from water bodies as the combination of slippery banks and cold, fast-flowing water is extremely 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 functioning properly. Helpful resources for property owners regarding flood preparedness are available at HaldimandCounty.ca/emergency-preparedness and HaldimandCounty.ca/floods.

Water levels are expected to remain elevated for the remainder of the week. Both conservation authority & Emergency Services staff will continue to monitor watershed conditions, issue updated flood messages and respond as necessary.

This message will remain in effect until 4:00pm on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Flood Watch upgraded to Flood Warning for Lake Erie shoreline

The Flood Watch for the Lake Erie shoreline has been upgraded to a Flood Warning. High winds, waves and freezing spray conditions are expected to cause flooding and impact properties along the lakeshore overnight Thursday & into Friday.

Environment Canada has issued a Gale Warning for the eastern end of Lake Erie. Gale force winds of 34 to 47 knots are occurring or expected to occur before diminishing later Friday. A wave warning has also been issued indicating waves of up to 3-4 metres near noon Friday before subsiding later in the day. A freezing spray warning will also be in effect Thursday overnight and into Friday.

The Port Maitland Pier has been closed due to unsafe conditions and Haldimand County Emergency Services is urging the public to stay away from this area. Fire Chief Jason Gallagher is also encouraging residents to avoid non-essential travel along the lakeshore as wave spray may result in hazardous road conditions.

“Residents should remain alert throughout this weather event, keep a close eye on changing conditions and watch for updated flood messages and weather warnings,” said Jason Gallagher, Haldimand County’s Fire Chief & Manager of Emergency Services. Residents are also encouraged to contact their insurance provider about flood insurance & ice damage if they do not already have it.

The MNRF’s surge model forecast for the eastern end of Lake Erie is indicating a rise in levels of 2.3 metres (7.6 feet) above chart datum of 173.5 m IGLD85 at the gauge in Port Colborne. The peak level is forecast to occur around 8 pm Thursday evening.

The MNRF forecast is predicting the following in the vicinity of Port Maitland:

Lake Erie current elevation at Port Maitland:       175.2 m (IGLD 1985)

Lake Erie estimated to peak at:                                     175.6 m (IGLD 1985), excluding waves

Lake Erie Expected time of peak:                                  Thursday, February 27 (around 8 pm)

Critical Level:                                                                          175.5 m (IGLD 1985)

Forecast (estimated) Peak Lake Level:                        0.1 m above the critical level, excluding waves

Area of Impact:                                                                      Zone 1 flood zone along Lake Erie Shoreline

 

Haldimand County Emergency Services will be actively monitoring conditions throughout Thursday and Friday.

A flood guide for lakeshore property owners and other emergency preparedness resources can be found at HaldimandCounty.ca/floods.

This Flood Warning message will remain in effect until 4pm on Friday, February 28, 2020 and will be updated as needed.

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