In January and February the level of Lake Huron set new record highs for those months. The lake is currently 35 cm (14 inches) higher than at the same time last year. High water levels are expected to persist throughout the summer.
This means there will be a heightened risk of flooding around the mouth of the Nine Mile River for the next several months. The high lake level combined with wave action may cause material to build up at the mouth of the river. When this occurs, the Apple Lane and Maple Lane areas may flood rapidly. This flooding may impact structures and result in a loss of access to these areas. Given the current level of the lake, flood levels could be higher than those experienced in past years.
Residents in the area should remain prepared for periodic flooding and are reminded that it is dangerous to attempt to drive or walk through flood waters. Children and pets should be kept well away from flooded areas. Residents are encouraged to call 519-357-0890 if they notice that flooding is occurring.
Because the high lake level is expected to persist for the next several months, this message is in effect until June 15, 2020 or until sufficient changes to local conditions warrant further updates.
Stephen Jackson, Flood and Erosion Safety Services Coordinator
Jayne Thompson, Communications Coordinator
519-335-3557 ext. 226 Cell: 519-357-6670
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.