Flash Flood in Canada on August 17 2016 03:18 AM (UTC).
Although a deluge of heavy rain resulted in significant puddling and flooding on at least 10 roads in Saugeen Shores, none have been officially closed by the Town or police, both that urge caution when driving. The Town has erected pylons and barricades as "strong suggestions" for motorists to use caution and avoid flooded area, but no roads are closed to traffic, according to Saugeen Shores GIS Coordinator Lauren Kranenburg. "We have called [Saugeen Shores] police and have erected pylons in the worst spots and we are addressing the flooding as best we can," Kranenburg said in an Aug. 16 telephone interview, adding the rainfall has caused Town storm catch basins, which were cleaned out earlier this season, to overflow onto roadways. "We had one circumstance [in Port Elgin] on Louis St and Highway 21 that was starting to flood, so we called police and asked them to close it for a few minutes while we brought in a [bull] dozer to move the water and keep the extremely-high traffic area open," Kranenburg said. Kranenburg said they are getting calls from people reporting that other motorists are driving faster to attempt to get through flooded areas. In an Aug. 16 special news announcement, Len Perdue, Saugeen Shores' Director of Public Works, urged motorists to slow down while driving and avoid flooded areas as Town staff work diligently to manage the flooding "as best we can." At 10:52 a.m. Aug. 16, Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Port Elgin area indicating conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and torrential rain. There is also a risk for an isolated tornado, and the threat for storms will end over southwestern Ontario by mid-afternoon. Environment Canada also issued a rainfall warning, good for 15 hours, indicating that significant rainfall, with general amounts of 40 to 60 mm is likely.