Flood warning for Shrewsbury, Erieau

Shrewsbury and Erieau are under a flood warning scheduled to remain in effect until Wednesday.

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Shrewsbury and Erieau are under a flood warning scheduled to remain in effect until Wednesday.

Flooding was reported Monday in those Rondeau Bay communities with water around homes and on some roads.

Flooding will continue until Tuesday evening, according to the warning from the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, with winds out of the east and northeast reaching 40 km/h to 50 km/h.

The public should avoid the area if possible.

Unnecessary traffic can hamper residents’ efforts to protect their property. Vehicles on flooded roads can make waves that cause more damage to private property.

Also, Chatham-Kent didn’t receive as much rain on the weekend as predicted, so the Thames River didn’t rise as high as expected and the conservation authority no longer plans to operate the McGregor Creek Diversion Channel.

However, the rain could lead to ponding and local flooding in areas with poor drainage.

Local ditches, streams and creeks are rising. Some could reach full bank conditions or spill their banks.

The rain could also impact shoreline areas with high lake levels. The groundwater table is high and storm water sewer systems and local watercourses are full with lake water, so rainwater isn’t draining properly and localized flooding could result.

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