Heads Up For Severe Weather Along Lake Erie Shoreline & Fort Erie Stretch of Niagara Parkway

Weather-Related Reports from the Niagara Parks Commission and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Posted February 5th, 2021 on Niagara At Large News from the Niagara Parks Commission in Niagara, Ontario

Sections of Niagara Parkway and Recreation Trail to Temporarily Close Due to Anticipated Flooding

Niagara, Ontario – In the interest of ensuring public safety, Niagara Parks’ staff is working with the Town of Fort Erie to temporarily close access to the Niagara Parkway and recreation trail between Queen Street and the intersection of Lakeshore Road and Dominion Road.

Huge pieces of ice from Lake Erie and mouth of Niagara River, pushed onto the Niagara Parkway trail area in Fort Erie during severe wind storm in February 2019. That is the Peace Bridge to Buffalo in the background.

Weather conditions similar to those expected later today have caused significant flooding and damage to the shoreline area over the past few years. The preventative closure measures are being implemented out of an abundance of caution, in the interest of public safety. About Niagara Parks Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River.

Now, A Weather Warning from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry –

This notice is intended to update the public and local municipalities of the condition of the Lake Erie Shoreline as it relates to the Niagara Peninsula and the eastern portion of Haldimand County. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is currently predicting water levels to increase above current levels on Lake Erie by 1m (3.3ft), to an elevation of 2.13m (175.63m IGLD1985).  Significant wave heights of 1.7m (5.6ft) are also forecast to occur along the Lake Erie shoreline. Peak water levels will occur Friday late morning to early afternoon and will start to decline early evening Friday.

Severe winds crashing water up shores of Lake Erie, File photo circa 2019

Residents living along Lake Erie should pay close attention to water levels and waves in their area and are urged stay away from the shoreline of Lake Erie during this event.  Freezing spray may also pose a risk to shoreline properties and residents are advised to shut storm shutters.  Increased erosion due to strong waves is also possible. Information on the Flood Status in the watershed and water levels within local watercourses can be found on the NPCA’s website at: https://npca.ca/flood-status

This (ministry) notice is in effect until noon Saturday February 6th, 2021 and will be updated as required.

A Note from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –

The following video of ice crashing over the walls along the Niagara Parkway along a Lake Erie, Ontario stretch of the parkway trail now being temporarily closed was made during that February 2019 severe wind storm off Lake Erie. You many not find the narration in this video particularly instruction but the video itself certainly dramatizes how powerful and damaging these storms can be. To watch, click on the screen immediately below The narration you can hear may not be.

One Final Comment from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –

If you were thinking climate emergency while you were  scanning the information above, I am sure you were not alone.

Why Ontario’s Ford government and Conservative Party members in general think it is less costly to shoulder the damages from more of this than to protect our environment is a wide open question.

I would argue that the answer is to keep Conservative Parties at the provincial and federal level in Canada out of government.

NIAGARA AT LARGE Encourages You To Join The Conversation By Sharing Your Views On This Post In The Space Following The Bernie Sanders Quote Below.

“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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