This message is to provide an update on the elevated potential for lakeshore flooding and erosion along the Lake Erie shoreline. Water levels remain well above average in all of the Great Lakes. As of October 10, Lake Erie’s level was 68 cm above the long-term average for this time of the year.
While the lake’s level has decreased over recent months, there remains a heightened risk of shoreline flooding, beach submersion, crawl space and septic system inundation, and wave-driven erosion due to these record-high static levels on Lake Erie. This risk is expected to remain in place through the fall.
Local police and Haldimand County flood co-ordinators are advised that there is higher than normal potential for shoreline flooding and shore erosion through late 2019. The public is reminded to exercise caution around the shoreline, as well as nearby rivers and streams. Private land owners should prepare their properties as best as possible, and monitor shoreline erosion works on their properties. The higher than normal lake level coupled with wave action can impact and cause failure of shoreline erosion works.
Lake conditions and forecasts are being monitored closely and flood messages will be issued as necessary based on Lake level forecasts.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Updated Provincial Flood Watch
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry updated a Provincial Flood Watch for Lake Erie based on high static lake level on October 8, 2019, which indicates:
- Great Lakes water levels remain well above average with most continuing at or near record highs.
- Lake Erie’s September monthly mean level was 69 cm above average, a new record high for the month.
- Lake Erie fell 12 cm last month, which is more than its average September decline of 9 cm.
- For more information on preparing for floods, please visit the Flooding section of the GRCA website or Haldimand County’s emergency preparedness resources.
- More information on the flood warning system is available on the GRCA website.
- Receive GRCA flood messages by e-mail by subscribing through the GRCA website.
- Follow GRCA flood messages on Twitter at grca_flood_msg.
- For more information on flows, weather and reservoir conditions see the River Data section of the GRCA website.
- Safety information for parents and children is available in the GRCA’s River Safety Rules booklet.