On Saturday, October 27 the Grand River Conservation Authority issued a Flood Warning for areas along the Grand River downstream of Dunnville Dam, in the village of Port Maitland and along the lakeshore.
Environment Canada has issued high wind warnings for the Lake Erie shoreline, warning of damaging south west winds, gusting up to 90 km/h. A low pressure system moving across southern Ontario is expected to bring high winds late Sunday morning and through the afternoon, ending by this evening. Strong winds that may cause damage are expected.
While uncertainty remains in the height of the Lake Erie surge, forecasts indicate a risk for flooding along the Lake Erie shoreline and Grand River downstream of Dunnville Dam. Waves of up to 1.5 m are forecast to accompany this surge event.
Haldimand County Emergency Services staff and the OPP will be closely monitoring conditions and roads along the lakeshore on Sunday to implement closures as necessary. Haldimand County Emergency Services has closed off access to the Port Maitland pier. Fire Chief Jason Gallagher is urging the public to stay away from the pier due to high winds and wave action.
Members of the public are urged to stay away from Lake Erie shoreline areas experiencing strong wave action and elevated water levels. Residents should contact their insurance company regarding flood insurance if they do not already have it. Parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from these areas.
The Flood Warning will remain in effect until 8pm on Sunday, October 28, 2019. Updated flood messages will be issued as conditions develop and better forecast information becomes available. Residents are encouraged to monitor the Grand River Conservation Authority & Haldimand County websites and social media accounts for the most up-to-date flood and weather warning information.