UPDATE: Water Levels Continue to Recede in Chatham-Kent

Water levels in Chatham-Kent have dropped as much as 12-inches over the past 24-hours and continue to recede.

This from Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff who says crews have been working around the clock to repair leaking dikes along the Thames River.

Canniff says the situation still remains uncertain due to an ice jam just east of Lighthouse Cove.

"The water levels have come down. Some of the ice is starting to break up near the mouth of the river. It's still blocked up here, but it is good news that we're moving in the right direction."

Chatham-Kent councillor Melissa Harrigan says residents still need to keep a close eye on the situation.

"Stay away from the berm and stay away from the river just to be safe. Keep your pets and your kids away. If you see any sort of breaches or damage to your dike, then call 9-11 and that will set off the action plan for us to come and check it out."

As heard on AM800 News on Friday, a state of emergency was declared after the failure of a dike in the Tilbury area.

Canniff says the state of emergency will remain in place until the situation has fully stabilized.

Residents with questions or concerns are encouraged to call the municipality at 519-360-1998.