February 08, 2019
Lakeshore's Councillor Linda McKinlay visited Lighthouse Cove to view the Thames River Ice Jam and situation Feb. 8.
Lakeshore staff are monitoring the ice jam situation on the Thames River and potential impact on Lighthouse Cove. The ice jam that has caused flooding in Chatham-Kent has moved to the mouth of the Thames River at Lake St. Clair.
Chatham-Kent has declared an emergency due to the flooding and flood risk along the Thames River. It is Lakeshore’s understanding that there was a breach in a dyke resulting in some flooding in Jeannette’s Creek.
The behavior of ice jam related flooding is very unpredictable. At Lighthouse Cove, there is an open channel for the water to flow in the middle of the river with no ice movement at the dock thus keeping water moving into Lake St. Clair. Lakeshore staff continue to monitor the situation and are prepared to mobilize the Emergency Operations Centre and to work with the Mayor to assist with an emergency declaration if the need arises.
Lakeshore has delivered sand and sand bags to:
- Haven Drive
- Lakeshore Road 301 near Gracey Sideroad.
Sand and sandbags are available for residents who want to be proactive. Residents are advised to bring shovels to fill the bags.
Residents in the Lighthouse Cove area are advised to:
- Move and secure belongings away from the water and to higher ground should the area flood.
- Elevate electrical components off the floor if possible.
- Move valuables to a safe place.
- Don’t walk or drive through flood waters.
- Monitor local media for further updates.
Lakeshore warns people to take extra caution and avoid rivers, ditches, and streams. The combination of slippery banks, broken or unstable ice and fast moving cold water can be dangerous. Standing water can also present its own unseen hazards. Children, pets and livestock should be kept away from the water.
Lakeshore staff will continue to monitor the situation and alert the public should the situation become an emergency.