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Flood warning continues for July

Water levels on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte have been gradually decreasing since they peaked at the end of May, but flood warnings remain in place – at least for another month.

“Water levels will continue to decline throughout the summer but wind, waves, and widespread heavy rainfall create short-term higher water levels along shorelines, like those experienced over the weekend,” said Christine McClure, Quinte Conservation’s Water Resources Manager. “The high water levels caused shoreline erosion and debris to accumulate along shorelines.”

Prince Edward County lifted its state of emergency June 22 and will have sandbags available until the end of the month at the arena in Wellington, at 15 Coleman St., in Ameliasburgh and 115 Lake Street in Picton. The municipality  and will soon announce locations where the municipality will place bins for residents to drop off sandbags and flood-related debris.

McClure notes sand from sand bags should never be disposed of into waterways, or within areas that experienced flooding.

Shoreline residents are reminded that any work near the water will require a permit from Quinte Conservation. Call (613) 968-3434 for details.

“Floodwater may be deeper than it appears and often contains hidden snags and debris,” said McClure. “Parents and caregivers should keep children well away from floodwaters. They are not safe for wading.”

Quinte Conservation encourages residents experiencing flooding to report conditions and seek shoreline protection advice using an online form. The form can be found at: https://www.cognitoforms.com/QuinteConservation1/_2017LakeOntarioAndBayOfQuinteHighWaterSurvey or on the main page of the Quinte Conservation website at www.QuinteConservation.ca

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