April 5, 2023 at 12:39 am
Parks and natural floodplains may remain a little wet over the Easter weekend as local conservation departments continue to monitor watershed conditions.
The St. Clair Regional Conservation Authority (SCRCA) said the flood watch will remain in place through Saturday, April 8.
Officials said the region has received between 70 and 95 millimeters of rain over the past five days, so water levels remain high across the watershed.
Another 5 to 10mm of rain is expected over the next 24 hours as a severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Sarnia-Lambton.
“Conditions are stabilizing at all flowmeter monitoring stations in the watershed and water levels are falling,” said a SCRCA media release. “Strong winds are possible in the southern part of the divide and the storm will spread along the south. Winds from the southerly or westerly have the potential to create a backwater effect in the Wallaceburg area, which will slow the flow of the Sydenham River and cause the water level to rise. high.”
Areas south of the watershed, such as Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex, are under a tornado watch.
Several roads were closed due to flooding in Lambton County and Wallaceburg.
Road closures include:
– Stanley Line between Kimball and Waubuno Roads
– Waubuno Road between Bickford Line and Oil Springs Line
– Pretty Road north of the McCallum line
– Waterworks Road north of the Courtright line
– Telfer Road between Courtright Line and Moore Line
– Plowway between Petrolia Line and Rokeby Line
–Emily Street at Elizabeth in Wallaceburg
– Booth Road between McCrary Line and Langstaff Line
Residents are advised to avoid river courses and flooded areas due to slippery river banks and fast currents.