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.