Shoreline Condition Statement – Water Safety
Risk of additional erosion and flooding along shoreline
A low pressure system tracking across the Great Lakes is forecasted to bring another strong wind event to the Lake Huron shoreline tomorrow. Northwest winds with sustained speeds of 45-50 km/hr and peak gusts of 65-75 km/hr will begin early Friday morning and continue until late Friday night. These strong, sustained northwest winds will produce maximum wave heights of 3-4m. Wave action is expected to reach farther up the shoreline than the event experienced this past Monday. Widespread erosion of both beaches and the lakeshore bluff will continue, adding to the heightened risk of bluff failures. Flooding is also expected in low-lying coastal areas.
Everyone is reminded to stay well back from breaking waves. In addition, please 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 8:00 a.m. on Saturday November 27, 2021, 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
email@example.com or 519-357-0890
Jayne Thompson, Communications Coordinator
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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 evacuation s.