ERCA Extends Watershed Conditions Statement

The Essex Region Conservation Authority has extended its advisory until Friday morning.

It says due to the wet ground, runoff from recent snow melt and rainfall, along with another 15-20 millimetres of rain in the forecast for the next 48 hours, the current Watershed Conditions Statement will remain in effect.

ERCA says it is still below the Flood Watch levels, but the conditions could cause localized flooding in low lying areas and around catch basins.

It warns people should take extra caution to avoid rivers, lakes, ditches, streams and ponds and any remaining ice cover on the water will be unstable and dangerous.

 

Statement from ERCA

The Essex Region Conservation Authority advises that, due to the existing saturated soils and runoff from the recent snowmelt and rainfall, along with an additional 15-20 millimetres of rainfall predicted over the next 48 hours, the current Watershed Conditions Statement is being extended to Friday morning.

The combination of existing conditions and predicted rainfall is below Flood Watch thresholds; however, these conditions have the potential to cause localized flooding across the region, including low lying areas, drainage catch basins, and other surface water drainage inlets. Accumulated standing water depths can vary and should be avoided.

People should take extra caution to avoid rivers, lakes, ditches, streams, and ponds. Flowing water and standing water can be extremely hazardous.

Any remaining ice cover on the waterways will be unstable and dangerous. A combination of slippery banks, moving/melting ice and cold water is particularly dangerous.

People should keep children, pets, and livestock away from ice covered waterways and areas of flowing and standing water.

Forecasts will be monitored and this advisory will be modified as required.