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City notes localized flooding is possible and asks residents to have a plan in place

May 8, 2019 -

Earlier today, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) issued a flood warning for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, forecasting higher than normal water levels with a chance of flooding toward the end of May.

The City is not experiencing flooding, although Lake Ontario water levels are higher than the seasonal average.

Residents living in low-lying, flood prone zones are advised to keep a close eye on the weather forecast. High winds, some of which are forecast for overnight tonight, could cause a wave uprush along the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

"Flood messaging is in effect for much of Central and Eastern Ontario," says Brandi Timpson, the City's manager of emergency preparedness. "While wide-spread flooding is not expected in Kingston at this time, it's important for all residents to be aware of what steps they can take to protect their home, family and pets."

The City continues to monitor forecasts closely, and inspect flood-prone areas regularly, and especially prior to forecasted rain events. Staff will also monitor resident reports and do site-specific assessments, as required.

Timpson encourages homeowners to learn more about preparing for flood conditions, by visiting www.CityofKingston.ca/FloodReady.