The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority advises that an Environment Canada Special Weather Statement is in effect over the watershed. Strong south-west winds with gusts between 70 and 80 km/h are expected to develop this afternoon and into the evening. Areas near the Lake Ontario shoreline are more likely to experience winds at the higher end of this range.
As of the last International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board recorded water level reading on January 3, 2022, Lake Ontario levels sit at 74.86 m, which is 31 cm above average for this time of year. The Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board continues to balance water levels and flows through the system based on operation plans. Additional information can be obtained at the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board website.
Forecasted south-west winds, waves and storm surge could further elevate water levels and drive waves toward our shoreline, resulting in localized flooding of nearshore properties, low lying and flood prone areas.
Residents are advised to avoid and/or exercise caution around all Lake Ontario shoreline areas. Elevated water levels, waves, high sustained wind gusts, freezing spray, eroded bluffs, and the potential for waves to overtop breakwalls and other shoreline structures continue to make these locations extremely dangerous. Use extra caution, stay away from any areas experiencing erosion or any areas that are flooded, and alert any children under your care of these dangers and supervise their activities.
CLOCA monitors water levels and weather forecasts and issues flood messages for our portion of the Lake Ontario shoreline when the following criteria are met:
- Flood Watch
- Static water level equal to or greater than 75.3 m.
- Static water level equal to or greater than 75.1 m AND projected (offshore) wave heights of 2.0m or greater.
- Flood Warning
- Static water level equal to or greater than 75.5 m
- Static water level equal to or greater than 75.3 m AND projected (offshore) wave heights of 2.0m or greater.
This Lake Ontario Shoreline Water Safety Statement will be in effect through Thursday January 6, 2022, or until further notice. The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority will continue to monitor the conditions and will provide updates as required.
Stay up to date by viewing CLOCA’s website.