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Friday, November 1, 2019

Saugeen Shores Deals with Wicked Wind

Port Elgin | by Megan Johnson  

Overnight wind gusts caused 3 metre tall waves resulting in heavy debris along beachfront and roadways

Southampton Range Light Nov. 1 - SSP Photo 

Wicked Weather hammered the Lake Huron Shoreline last night resulting heavy debris along beachfront, roadways and making some pathways impassable.

Saugeen Shores Police Sergeant Andy Evans says with the water being higher the impact of the waves are magnified.

“Areas around Gobles Grove and North Shore Rd are seeing a lot of debris washed up on the roadway; in some spots there’s full-sized tree trunks that are obstructing the roadway, with limited access until the (Public) Works Department can clear it”, says Evans.

He says if the wind keeps up we could see more waves over the weekend.

Evans says while on duty this morning he was approached by a life-long Southampton resident who says he’s never seen the waters where the Saugeen River meets Lake Huron in Southampton this high before.

“The water is cresting over portions of the Harbour wall; so certainly there would be a hazard for anybody that would be fishing over the riverbanks. Maybe take note that the water is quite significantly higher and could pose a risk for them.”

As of Friday (Nov 1) morning there is a Marine Weather Warning in effect for Lake Huron. Overnight waves reached 3 metres and will subside to 1 metres by the afternoon.

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