Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff has declared a state of emergency for the Erie Shore Drive area.
High water and strong winds are causing flooding in this area. Erie Shore Drive has been closed from Bissnet Line to Erieau Road.
Residents in the affected area are being asked to voluntarily evacuate. Emergency crews will be going door to door to assist with the evacuation.
Shelter and transportation will be available for the residents and their pets. Residents are encouraged to contact the municipality at 519-360-1998 for more information on available services.
Due to current conditions and the possibility of continued road deterioration, the water supply in the area may be affected. Water pressure will be reduced to protect the line and the roadway in the event of a failure. The reduction in pressure will not affect drinking water quality, however, water will be regularly monitored for quality assurance. In addition, other utilities may be impacted as conditions warrant.
According to the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, wind speeds and direction are expected to continue throughout the week and the weekend.
Emergency crews are asking residents and visitors to stay away from the area for their own personal safety.
Conditions will be continuously monitored by the municipality.