Flood Watch for Lake Erie shoreline extended as high winds continue

The Flood Watch in effect for the Lake Erie shoreline has been extended until Tuesday, November 3. High winds and strong waves are expected to continue along the lake and minor flooding, wave uprush and shoreline erosion is expected in low lying areas.

Environment Canada has issued a strong wind warning, and is forecasting west/southwest winds Monday afternoon and into the evening. Winds are expected to reach 55 km/h with gusts up to 90 km/h.

Lake levels are expected to remain elevated between Monday afternoon and the early hours of Tuesday. Wave heights are forecast to reach up to 1.65 meters along the shoreline in Long Point Region Conservation Authority’s watershed.

Haldimand County Emergency Services is advising the public to use caution or stay away from 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 dangerous projectiles. For this reason, residents along the lake are encouraged to shut storm shutters and tie down or secure outdoor items.

Haldimand County Emergency Services will be actively monitoring conditions throughout Monday and overnight into Tuesday. 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 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 and will be updated as required.