Watershed Conditions Statement – December 11, 2017
Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety
High winds may cause flooding and erosion along Lake Huron shoreline
A gale warning is in effect for southern Lake Huron. The marine forecast is showing the potential for strong northwest winds on Tuesday Dec. 12th. Maximum sustained wind speeds of 40-50 km/hr with possible gusts over 70 km/hr are forecast before diminishing in the evening.
The strong winds combined with above normal long-term-average water levels on Lake Huron will result in higher than normal waves hitting shoreline areas.
The increased wave height may result in minor flooding of low-lying coastal areas, as well as increased risk of erosion to lakeshore bluffs.
Municipal officials and residents are reminded to stay well back from breaking waves, and also to approach top of bluff areas with caution during and immediately after the storm in case there has been any movement of the lake bank.
This message will remain in effect until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday Dec. 12, 2017, unless local conditions warrant further updates. Maitland Conservation will continue to monitor shoreline conditions and will provide an update if required.
Steve Jackson, Flood and Erosion Safety Services Coordinator