Flood Watch Extended For Essex County South Shore


The southeast portion of Essex County is taking a hit from Mother Nature.

Although the area did not receive significant rainfall amounts, the elevated water levels in Lake Erie, the strong winds and wind direction have hammered the area from Wheatley through to Point Pelee National Park.

The Essex Region Conservation Authority has extended a flood watch for the region for the southeast portion of Leamington.

The watch now continues to 10 am Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

ERCA Director of Watershed Management Services Tim Byrne says the winds are pounding against the shoreline creating four foot waves.

"People who don't see that regularly, I think would be shocked about it," says Byrne. "The unfortunate thing is people start to become normalized to seeing that and it is a very very dangerous situation to be anywhere near."

He says unfortunately, this is becoming normal for people in that area.

"Three and four times a year, you have waves coming in and destroying the front of your property and side of your property or much of the earth and soil around your home."

Byrne says the predominant concern today is the waves.

On Saturday, the water sat up and against the roadways in the area in southeast Leamington