Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety
Strong Winds May Cause More Erosion Problems Along Lake Huron Shoreline
Northwest winds will briefly strengthen across Lake Huron tomorrow (Wednesday October 7, 2020) morning and diminish by the evening. Maximum wind speeds of 35 km/hr, with gusts of up to 60 km/hr are forecasted with this event. The strong winds, combined with seasonally near record-high water levels on Lake Huron, will result in waves reaching far up the shoreline and bluff areas. Waves are expected to be less severe than those experienced in the autumn 2019 storms. However, continued widespread erosion of both beaches and the lakeshore bluff is expected and there is a risk of flooding in some low-lying coastal areas.
Residents and municipal officials are reminded to stay well back from breaking waves. In addition, people should stay away from top-of-bluff areas during and after the storm in case there has been any movement of the lake bank. It is important to remember that there may be a delay between erosion at the toe (bottom) of the bluff and subsequent bluff failure. This message will remain in effect until 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 7, 2020, unless local conditions warrant further updates. Maitland Conservation will continue to monitor conditions and will provide an update if required.
Stephen Jackson, Flood and Erosion Safety Services Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-357-0890
Jayne Thompson, Communications Coordinator
email@example.com or 519-335-3557 ext. 226
Types of Flood Messages:
Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety – General watershed conditions are being assessed for high runoff potential that could lead to flooding, and to remind the public of general river safety issues.
Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook – Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
Flood Watch – Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
Flood Warning – Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.