Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement predicting total rainfall amounts of 25 to 40 mm for today and tomorrow, with the potential of additional rain from thunderstorms. This morning has already seen between 5 and 10 mm of rainfall in the Chatham-Kent area. There are also expected to be strong sustained winds out of the east of 50 km/hr, gusting up to 70 km/hr, this afternoon.
Localized flooding may occur in areas with poor drainage due to the potential rainfall volumes. Those areas along Lake Erie subject to lake spray flooding, may see localized flooding due to the combination of rain and lake spray. The region’s smaller local watercourses can be expected to rise and, depending on how the rainfall turns out, may spill their banks. If the higher predicted rainfall amounts are received, the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority may need to operate the Indian-McGregor Creek Diversion Channel.
People should take extra caution and avoid the river, ditches, and streams. The combination of slippery banks, and fast moving cold water can be dangerous. Standing water can also present its own unseen hazards. Children, pets and livestock should be kept away from the water.
Officials will continue to monitor the situation and update this advisory if necessary.
This message will be in effect until April 2nd, 2017.
Contact: Jason Wintermute (519- 354-7310 x227) regarding this message.