KINGSTON – The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has issued a Flood Watch today for eastern Lake Ontario shorelines and areas of the upper St. Lawrence River close to the Lake.
The Surface Water Monitoring Centre of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has issued a Provincial Flood Watch for Lower Great Lakes Region due to storm surge.
“Sustained Winds in excess of 50 km/h from south-southwest transitioning into west are forecast for the Lower Great Lakes Region on Sunday through the day into the evening/overnight hours. Wind Gusts could reach 80+ km/h.“
“Sustained winds/wind gusts has the potential to cause waves … in excess of 1.5 m on Lake Ontario as per the Surface Water Monitoring Centre’s Storm Surge Model as of Saturday afternoon’s model run… As a result of high waves and storm surge flooding is expected along Lakes Erie, Ontario and St Clair coastlines in vulnerable areas.”
Residents are remined that in addition to the potential for flooding during period of high winds and waves, erosion that may occur along the shoreline is also a concern.
For up-to-date Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River water levels in your area visit the following Fisheries and Oceans Canada links: