Rain Triggers Lakeshore Flood Warning Through Sunday Morning

WWJ News
October 26, 2019 - 12:47 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - Residents in metro Detroit's waterfront neighborhoods are being told to take caution as prolonged rain and gusty winds will combine to increase the risk of flooding. 

The National Weather Service has posted a Lakeshore Flood Warning, in effect from 2 p.m. Saturday until 8 a.m. Sunday, for in portions of Monroe, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Forecasters say southeast winds of between 25 and 35 miles per hour over western Lake Erie combined with the high lake levels will cause water levels to rise. With the predicted wind directions, the higher water levels are expected to be from Luna Pier to Gibraltar. The winds will switch to the southwest Sunday morning, allowing water levels to drop.

Wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph are also expected across Lake St. Clair, according to forecasters. Based on the wind direction, the higher water levels are expected along the shoreline in Saint Clair Shores and Harrison Township. The wind direction will switch to the southwest Sunday morning, pushing the higher water levels to the other side of the lake.

The combination of rising water levels and wave action will cause flooding along the shoreline. Prolonged rain Saturday evening may hinder flood mitigation efforts. Residents on or near the shore in the warned areas should be alert for rising water and take appropriate action to protect life and property.

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