Flood Watch Extended for Windsor-Essex

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority is extending its flood watch for another month.

Watershed Management Services Director Tim Byrne says water levels in the area remain high. The flood watch will remain in effect for all shoreline areas across Windsor-Essex including Pelee Island due to the record high lake levels.

Low lying beach communities and shoreline areas along Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, and Lake Erie, as well as low lying areas along the downstream reaches of major tributaries are most affected.

Officials say Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie rose approximately 10 cm and 9 cm, respectively from May to June. That set new all-time high monthly mean records for both lakes at more than 175 metres.

Byrne adds the high lake levels bring an elevated risk of flooding and erosion across the watershed, depending on wind speed and direction. 

He says a worst-case scenario could see levels on Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River and Lake Erie rise by another three-to six inches by the end of fall.

— with files from CTV Windsor.