Water levels remain high: LPRCA


Water levels are high and watercourses are running swiftly in the Long Point Region watershed, says the local conservation authority.

“Most watercourses appear to have peaked, however the lower parts of Big Creek have been observed to still be rising,” Craig Jacques, water resources specialist with the Long Point Region Conservation Authority, said in a release issued Thursday.

The water level in Big Otter Creek in Tillsonburg has been declining but “the creek is still running out of bank and floodplains remain inundated,” Jacques said.

The flood warning issued by LPRCA earlier this week remains in effect for the Elgin County communities of Vienna and Port Burwell, which continue to be impacted by flooding.

In Haldimand County flows on the Grand River through Cayuga will remain high for the rest of the week, said a release from the Grand River Conservation Authority. A potential risk of significant flooding may occur as a result of an ice jam in Brantford.

Haldimand County Fire Department staff will continue to perform river checks and monitor water levels for the duration of the flood warning.

“We are in constant communication with the Grand River Conservation Authority and have been in touch with the City of Brantford Fire Department about the ice jam there. We received word that the jam has released and are actively monitoring its flow for any potential impacts,” Haldimand’s Deputy Fire Chief Rodger Hill, said in a release.

“The river from Caledonia to Port Maitland is free of ice buildup and flowing quite quickly, which means water, ice and debris should be able to flow freely into the lake. Calling in the Coast Guard early to break up ice has played a big role in mitigating flooding potential, but we are still on alert and ready to respond,” he added.

Officers and crew aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon have been working this week to break up ice at the mouth of the Grand River near Port Maitland.

“We have been breaking the ice on Lake Erie to give the river ice a place to go. We have made a great deal of progress,” Griffon Captain Adriaan Kooiman said late Thursday.

Late Thursday afternoon, City of Brantford officials lifted an evacuation order for three areas of the city. The order was put in place on Wednesday morning due to flooding from the Grand River.