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Flooding Risk: Month's worth of rain ahead for some in Ont.

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 6:08 PM - On top of the wintry precipitation residents in southern Ontario were slammed with this past weekend, forecasters are now watching for the risk of severe flooding in parts of the region as heavy rain is expected through Monday.

Areas along the shores of Lake Erie have already been inundated with water, including Windsor-Essex and the village of Erieau. Officials are warning drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary as heavy rain has already washed out roads.

A flood warning has been issued on behalf of the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) and will remain in place until 9 a.m. Monday.

In addition to the threat for flooding, officials are also warning of the possibility for shoreline erosion and damaging waves along portions of the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair shorelines.

"The potential areas most significantly impacted along the Lake Erie shoreline are the southeast shoreline of the Municipality of Leamington between Wheatley Harbour and the tip Point Pelee and the north and east sides of Pelee Island," a ERCA news release issued Friday reads. "The potential areas most significantly impacted along the shoreline of Lake St. Clair are the western portions of the Town of Lakeshore, the Town of Tecumseh and the eastern portions of the City of Windsor."

There are reports from residents living in the Kingsville area that the Ontario Provincial Police have closed access to Cedar Island, and have started a voluntary evacuation.

Lake Ontario water levels are also rising, with some residents reporting homes have been evacuated in Stoney Creek as water continues to spill over the break wall.

Environment Canada has issued a gale warning for both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, with waves between 3-5 metres expected into Monday. Rainfall and wind warnings also stretch across southern Ontario. 

"Billy Bishop airport has reported easterly wind gusts up to 95 km/h and winds of this magnitude are expected to persist periodically through the evening hours," the weather agency said in a wind warning for Toronto Sunday evening. 

For a look at road conditions in southern Ontario and a full list of road closures, see 511 Ontario's interactive map.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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