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Flood Watch continues for Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte

Lake Ontario water levels have been gradually rising over the last few weeks. Forecasted rain tonight and early next week will contribute to a change toward more rapidly rising water levels.

Quinte Conservation continues its ‘flood watch’ status which includes Prince Edward County while the Lower Trent Region Conservation Area maintains a ‘flood warning’ in its area including Quinte West and Northumberland.

“As of May 8, 2019, Lake Ontario was recorded at 55 cm above average for this time of year, which is 21 cm below the recorded level for May 8, 2017,” said Christine McClure, Quinte Conservation’s Water Resources Manager. “This amount is 33 cm below the peak recorded on May 25, 2017.”

She notes Lake Ontario water levels are influenced by uncontrolled, above average outflows from Lake Erie, and local rainfall and runoff throughout the Lake Ontario Watershed, and reduced Lake Ontario outflows, in order to balance flooding impacts on the St. Lawrence River.

“Record breaking water levels for this time of year have been recorded for Lake Erie. Above average precipitation was received across the Great Lakes over the past three months. Flood conditions continue on the lower St. Lawrence River.”

High winds and waves are forecasted from Thursday to Saturday morning. Winds are veering east to south east this evening, and will move south overnight and then will change direction again, moving west from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

“Waves are forecasted to exceed one metre in height. Residents are reminded that high winds, storm surges, and waves can cause shoreline damage and wave uprush.”

“Outflows from Lake Ontario have increased as water levels rose. The current provisional forecasts suggest that Lake Ontario outflows will be increased by early next week.”

McClure said flooding and other high water impacts have been reported from areas of Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River during periods of strong winds.

Shoreline residents are advised to either secure or remove loose items from their properties where there is a risk of encroaching flood water.

Boaters need to be cautious of floating debris and should take proper safety precautions when out on the water.

As a precautionary measure, the municipality is offering sandbags to residents who believe their primary residence is at risk of flooding.

“We encourage residents to be respectful of their neighbours when picking up supplies and only sandbag if their home is at risk of flooding,” said Mayor Steve Ferguson.

Sandbags are available at the following locations:
– 15 Coleman Street in Ameliasburgh
– 75 County Road 1, Hallowell (Sandy Hook Dome)
– 15 Coleman Street in Ameliasburgh
– Waupoos Community Centre, 2699 County Road 8 in North Marysburgh
– South Marysburgh Fire Hall, 3076 County Road 10
– Hiscock Shores Road cul-de-sac in Hillier
– Sunrise Drive cul-de-sac in Ameliasburgh

Sandbags are available daily between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm. The sandbags are self-serve, and residents must bring their own shovels to fill bags.

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