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With lake levels high and rising, County opening more sand bag centres

With Lake Ontario’s water level above average and nine inches above the level recorded at this time last year, the municipality is making sand and bags available in five locations beginning Tuesday.

Sand and sandbags will be available on a self-serve basis as of Tuesday, March 24. Please bring your own shovel to:
15 Coleman Street, Ameliasburgh
5567 Highway 62, Rossmore (BayBridge Jeans)
Hiscock Shores cul-de-sac, Hillier
Sunrise Drive cul-de-sac, Ameliasburgh
75 County Road 1, Sandy Hook Dome

• Waupoos Community Centre, 2699 County Road 8 (North Marysburgh)
• South Marysburgh Fire Hall, 30076 County Road
• 1035 County Road 14, Sophiasburgh
• Mariners Park Museum, County Road 10 and County Road 13, South Shore
• 230 Niles St., Wellington
• Consecon Fire Hall, 14 County Road 29, Consecon
• West Lake Community Church (1901 County Road 12).

The County reminds residents that social distancing is still in effect to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Maintain a distance of 2 metres/6.5 feet from one another when filling up sandbags.

Lake Ontario’s water level is 52 cm (20.5 in) above average and 23 cm (9 in) above the level recorded at this time last year.

The County continues to use its geographic information systems to identify areas that are potentially vulnerable to flooding. The Emergency Management Control Group is actively monitoring the situation and will make sand and sandbags available in additional locations as necessary.

The municipality is also protecting key roads where access is threatened during high water levels. Water bags will be used along Hiscock Shores Road and County Road 21 to Big Island. The water bags will reduce the need for straw bales, which were used last year. The municipality intends to raise the road on Wallbridge Circle, Welsey Acres Road and Winns Drive.

Stay up-to-date on The County’s flood preparedness plans or find resources and tips to prepare for high water levels by visiting You can also sign up for flood updates by emailing

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  1. Dennis Fox says:

    @ Matt B. – thanks for the info – I will check out the link you mentioned.

  2. Matt B says:

    @Dennis Fox, The high water levels at this time of year are likely the result of spring melt. The ground is thawing and that water is flowing into local streams and lakes. The fact that the ground is also still quite frozen means that whatever precipitation does falls, it doesn’t have very deep to soak-in, so a lot of it runs off. It may seem like the ground is thawed and plants are starting to poke out but I still can’t get a spade in much deeper than a couple of inches.

    In the same way that the little bit of thawed surface soil can’t hold much water right now without it running off, it also dries up quite quickly. There is also still a lot of dry vegetation like dry grass and leaves covering the ground and not very much growing right now to counteract the dry material. There was a fire in the county about a week or so ago that was set in dry grass.

    Unfortunately, it’s an awkward time of year when a combination of factors contribute to flood situations and a high fire risk. I am not associated with them, but Quinte conservation has a lot of information on environmental conditions in the area, including some videos on how they monitor things. If you are interested I would recommend checking out their website.

  3. old local says:

    How about the Southern half of the County ???
    Waupoos / South Bay.

  4. Dennis Fox says:

    Can someone explain – this article describes our rising water problem. We have had rain scattered over several days this past week, and yet there is a burn ban imposed across The County because of dry conditions. I don’t get it.

  5. Chris Keen says:

    Yet again, nothing for residents in N. & S. Marysburgh. And just wondering how seniors without a trailer, never mind the strength to lift the bags, supposed to cope with this?

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