Erie Shore Drive reopened last night after high winds caused localized flooding yesterday.
A half-kilometre portion of Erie Shore Drive was closed just before noon Tuesday due to flooding caused by the strong winds and the high water level of Lake Erie.
Tim Dick, director of Director, Drainage, Asset and Waste Management for Chatham-Kent, said about 20 homes in a section of Erie Shore Drive were affected by the closure.
Thirty-five kilometre winds from the southwest forced water onto properties and across the roadway. No residents had to be evacuated.
Dick said clay berms were placed along the south side of the roadway to divert water into specific areas to allow it to flow into municipal drain north of the roadway.
The residents of the North shores of Lake Erie that have been struggling with high levels of water for years and which are growing rapidly due to global warming deserve better from their local and provincial governments. It is time that there was a reclamation and breaker wall diversion program implemented for these residents, the residents of Long Point and other residents of low lying regions. These residents are the Gatekeepers of the Lake and when they’re homes are gone due to these high water levels so will thousands of homes be to follow. Aid them and fix it NOW before this becomes catastrophic for more than just them.