Rain warning issued for Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent


Environment Canada issued a rain warning on Friday afternoon, saying heavy rain and frozen, non-absorbent ground could lead to flash flooding.

Frozen ground and heavy rain lead to flash floods

Environment Canada says heavy rain and frozen ground can cause water to pool on the road. (Tony Smith/CBC)

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent counties.

The weather agency expects 20 to 35 millimeters of rain from Friday evening to Saturday evening.

The warning says frozen, less absorbent ground mixed with periods of heavy rain can lead to flash flooding and pooling of water on roads, and asks people to keep « children and pets away from streams and banks ».

As a low pressure system brings unusually warm temperatures and precipitation to the province, according to the St. Clair Regional Conservation Authority, they say water levels and flows « are expected to be high due rainfall and snow loss, with the potential for minor flooding in natural floodplain areas, parks and fields. »

The conservation authority will continue to monitor watershed conditions and is asking municipal emergency responders and highway superintendents to closely monitor local weather conditions.

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