St. Clair Region Conservation Authority opens McKeough Dam after issuing a flood warning

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File Photo Darcy McKeough Dam in St. Clair Township has been activated to protect Wallaceburg, Dresden from rising Thames River.

Water levels along the Sydenham River are slowly receding. The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority started the process for opening the gates of the McKeough Dam has begun as of 7:00 am yesterday. With the amount of water currently in the watershed, some locations are still experiencing elevated water levels into floodplain areas.

The following roads remain impacted due to flooding:

    • Stanley Line between Kimball Road and Waubuno Road
    • Plowing Match Road between Rokeby Line and Petrolia Line
    • Black Ash Road between Durham Creek Line and Rokeby Line
    • Gypsie Flats Road between Durham Creek Line and Rokeby Line


Individuals are reminded to avoid watercourses and flooded areas due to dangerous conditions, slippery banks and cold, swift moving water. Children and pets should be kept away from the water.

The Conservation Authority continues to monitor watershed conditions and will issue advisories to municipalities and media should flood issues arise.

Municipal emergency response staff and road superintendents should monitor local conditions closely.

This message will remain in effect until Tuesday, January 30, 2024, unless otherwise updated.