CATFISH CREEK CONSERVATION AUTHORITY
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
Watershed Condition Statement for Lake Erie Shoreline
Issued on December 22, 2022 at 7:45 A.M.
Issued by: Peter Dragunas, Water Management Technician
Catfish Creek Conservation Authority
LAKE ERIE SHORELINE, WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT.
Effective immediately, the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (CCCA) is issuing a Watershed Condition Statement for the shoreline of Lake Erie within CCCA’s administrative boundary.
A Storm Warning for Lake Erie has been issued by Government of Canada, Marine Forecast and Warnings on December 22 at 03:00 AM. The possibility exists for damaging winds through today, tonight and into the weekend along the Lake Erie shoreline.
Wind southeast 15 knots (28km) veering to south 20 knots (37km) early this morning then backing to southeast 20 knots (37km) near noon. Wind veering to southwest 20 knots (37km) near midnight then increasing to west 35 knots (64km) overnight. Wind increasing to southwest 50 knots (93km) near noon Friday.
Waves 1 metre building to 2 overnight and to 3 to 4 Friday morning. Waves building to 5 to 7 Friday afternoon.
Power outages are possible. Damage to buildings, such as roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.
Lake Erie water elevation observed at Port Stanley at 7:21 AM Thursday December 22,
- 0.735m above chart datum (present Lake Erie water level 174.24m).
A possible wave uprush along the Waneeta Beach area, Port Bruce Provincial Park beach and the harbour areas has the potential to cause shoreline erosion.
Residents are asked to closely watch local conditions and take appropriate responsible action, and are urged to use caution and stay away from Lake Erie shoreline areas experiencing strong wave action and elevated water levels.
Municipal flood coordinators are asked to monitor road conditions along the lakeshore.
This Watershed Condition Statement is in effect until 12:00 p.m., Sunday December 25 at which time it will expire.
This is a reminder to be diligent, and watch local weather conditions and to take appropriate action when circumstances require.
CCCA continues to monitor watershed conditions and will issue updates and recommendations when or if necessary. CCCA always recommends taking any necessary precautions.