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Due to recent precipitation over the past several days, and melting of the snowpack, the Long Point Region Conservation issued a flood warning Tuesday morning for all areas within its watershed.

Flooding occurred along area watercourses such as the Big Otters and Big Creek. Water levels were expected to continue to rise for the next 24 hours.

Specifically, the greatest threat of flooding was expected in the Town of Tillsonburg and Vienna along Big Otter Creek. Significant flooding was also expected in rural areas.

People are being warned to stay away from ditches, streams, rivers and ponds as the combination of slippery banks and cold, fast-flowing water is dangerous.

Ice conditions, where it exists on ponds and reservoirs, are expected to deteriorate and should be considered unsafe. Parents are reminded to keep children away from these areas.

Landowners are also advised to make sure dams, culverts and catchbasins are free from debris and functioning properly.

Water levels are expected to remain high throughout the week. LPRCA staff will continue to monitor watershed conditions and will update as necessary.

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