Rainfall prompts flood warning for areas around Saugeen Shores

Wednesday’s heavy rainfall led Saugeen Conservation to issue flood warnings for several cities in and around Kincardine.

The councils of Arran-Elderslie, Brockton and Kincardine are all within the warning zone, while other areas maintained by Saugeen Conservation remain under a flood watch until further notice.

“Over the past 24 hours, our watershed has experienced a heavy rain that brought more than 60 [millimetres] Rain,” a statement from Saugeen Conservation read. “This rain has caused many waterways in the Kincardine, Arran-Elderslie and Brockton municipalities to overflow their banks. Many roadside ditches are full and are beginning to flood low-lying roads and adjacent areas. “

Water levels in some areas have risen by more than a meter due to the rainfall alone. Environmentalists expect water levels to continue rising rapidly throughout Thursday. Residents are advised to take extra caution near all waterways and flood areas. The public is also being asked to avoid walking or driving through flooded areas.

“Landowners are advised to inspect private dams, culverts and catch basins to ensure they are free of debris and functioning as intended,” the release said.

The previous rain warning in effect for most of the region has ended.

Updates on the situation will be provided as they become available.

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