12THE MCKEOUGH FLOODPLAIN

The diversion channel for the McKeough Floodway during the 1984 flood season.
The diversion channel for the McKeough Floodway during the 1984 flood season.
To protect Wallaceburg from severe floods, the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) built the W. Darcy McKeough Floodway, located 12 km north of Wallaceburg. The floodway is a channel for water that goes straight into the St. Clair River. When the water level gets high enough, a special dam forces the water into the channel, away from Wallaceburg.

The floodway was first used in February 1984, when it successfully directed 80,000 acre feet of water away from Wallaceburg. How much water is that? Enough to fill over 1,300,000 backyard swimming pools!

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