January 9, 2019, Simcoe, ON – Residents are being asked to take precautions with heavy rain in this weekend’s forecast.
The Long Point Region Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Outlook with as much as 95mm of rain being predicted to hit the west end of the county while the areas around Simcoe, Waterford and Port Dover are expected to get 50-65mm.
Norfolk County and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit are reminding residents to avoid the areas around waterways and to take caution travelling in low-lying areas. Landowners are also advised to make sure dams, culverts, and catch basins are free from debris and functioning properly.
Residents should not walk or drive through floodwaters, as they can be deeper than they appear. Water levels can rise quickly, so exercise extreme caution when travelling along the Lake Erie shoreline. Driving through flooded streets creates a wake that can cause issues for adjacent homes and businesses.
The Health Unit and Fire Department advise residents to always keep on hand supplies that would sustain them for up to 72 hours in the event of an emergency. The kit should contain items such as a flashlight, radio, personal hygiene products, and medication, as well as food and drinking water.
Check the Long Point Region Conservation Authority’s website at www.lprca.on.ca for flood status updates.