A storm is in the forecast for Easter Monday. With high winds and waves anticipated, there is a risk of flooding in areas along the Lake Erie shoreline.
The expected time frame of biggest impact along the shoreline is approximately between mid-day Monday through Monday evening. Water levels are expected to exceed those seen this past Thursday/Friday when winds were weaker and coming from a more westerly/north-westerly direction.It is important to note that the static lake level is currently about 35-40 cm (roughly 1.25 feet) higher than during the strong wind events in October & November of last year.
People are urged to stay away from Lake Erie shoreline areas experiencing strong wave action and elevated water levels. Parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from these areas.High winds can toss loose objects and turn them into extremely dangerous projectiles.
For this reason, residents are urged to shut storm shutters and tie down or secure outdoor items. Debris on roadways is another hazard associated with this storm event, and individuals who must travel should do so with extreme caution.
Haldimand County Emergency Services & Public Works Operations staff will be actively monitoring lake/road conditions and are prepared to respond if necessary.
Residents should pay close attention to changing weather conditions and watch for updated flood messages. A flood guide for lakeshore property owners and other emergency preparedness resources can be found at HaldimandCounty.ca/floods.
This Flood Message will be updated as needed, as forecast information becomes available.