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Flood clean up begins; open house to help residents with flood mitigation options

Winns Drive at West Lake had a sign warning of water crossing the road earlier this year. Straw bales and gravel were added to help keep at least one lane of the road open for residents in the area.

With water levels on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte continuing to decline, the County of Prince Edward is focused on recovery and clean-up.

The flood status for the area was recently downgraded to a watch from a warning. Lake Ontario’s water level remains above the recorded elevation for this time in 2017 and is below the record high for this time of year.

Property owners can deposit flood debris and used sandbags in bins located in these locations:
Consecon – Old Fire Hall (81 Consecon Main Street)
End of Sunrise Drive
Prinyers Cove Park
Northport – Northport Centennial Park

The bins are intended for flood debris and sandbags only. Property owners should only drop off items that have washed up on their shoreline, such as driftwood, brush, broken docks, rafts, rope, seaweed, and lake plants. The bins will remain in place until Oct. 31.

The municipality is also in the process of removing and disposing of the bails that were placed along roadsides to prevent washout.

Water levels are expected to continue declining into the fall; however, with record inflows from Lake Erie expected to continue, the levels will remain near seasonal highs over the next several weeks.

With water levels expected to remain high through the remainder of this year and into 2020, the Emergency Management Group is meeting this fall to discuss flood mitigation options to protect municipal property and infrastructure.

To help the public prepare for future flooding, the municipality is working with Quinte Conservation to host an open house this fall.
The open house will allow residents to meet with QC staff face-to-face and gain knowledge about current shoreline permit and regulation procedures, along with flood prevention. Residents will have the opportunity to bring shoreline photos and photos showing property damage for advice on repairing and protecting their property during future high water events.

The municipality will announce the date and location of the open house when the details are finalized.

To report flooding on your property or to get more information, contact the County of Prince Edward at 613.476.2148 ext. 1023, 613.962.9108 ext. 1023, or email

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  1. Chris Keen says:

    It’s a good idea for Quinte Conservation to host an open house this fall to advise affected residents about permits, regulations, and flood prevention. Sadly many who spent thousands remediating their properties following the flooding in 2017, however, watched helplessly as their efforts were breached by water or simply washed away this year.

    There is no point spending a nickle on any remediation until the IJC, which controls the level of Lake Ontario, provides municipalities with an undertaking they will put residents before shipping and repeal Plan 2014. Claiming the flooding is simple a coincidence the IJC will accept NO responsibility for the fact that their actions contributed to the flooding that occurred in two of the past three years. The IJC needs to work proactively to forecast coming lake levels and make timely adjustments accordingly. Once levels start to rise, it’s too late.

    Their attitude which seems to be “get used to it” is totally unacceptable. I expect the County to be aggressively proactive with the other municipalities around Lake Ontario to ensure that we do not have a repeat of 2017 and 2019 again. So far I an not sensing this is an issue that is close to top of mind.

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