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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Flooding A Common Problem Along Lake Huron Shoreline

Regional | by Fadi Didi  

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority says several municipalities reported flooding issues in 2019.

Flooding has become a common problem for municipalities across Huron, Lambton, and Middlesex counties.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority held their annual Flood Emergency Planning Meeting, where municipal officials discussed their experience over recent years.

The ABCA says coastal flooding has become a more frequent problem, despite Lake Huron posting nearly record lows six years ago.

Water Resource Coordinator Davin Heinbuck says monthly average lake levels for Lake Huron in January 2020 set a record high for the month but was below the overall record high level.

An unpredictable rainfall event caused flooding in Parkhill in May of 2019, while officials with the Municipality of North Middlesex says flooding has resulted in heavy infrastructure repair costs.

Port Franks, Grand Bend, and Goderich experienced coastal flooding in October and November of 2019, including wind storms which battered Goderich's boardwalk.

Goderich is in the midst of repairs to sure up the shoreline against further erosion, and to repair the battered beach-front boardwalk.

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