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City’s office of emergency management notes localized flooding is possible and asks residents to have a plan in place

April 25, 2019 –

Residents are being advised by Environment Canada to prepare for "another significant rainfall" on Friday, with total rainfall amounts of 25 to 40 millimetres forecast to fall by late Friday night. Local amounts exceeding 50 mm are possible.

"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."

She encourages homeowners to:

  • Make sure basement windows and ground level doors are properly sealed
  • Downspouts are directed to drain well away from your home.
  • Consider installing a sump pump and zero reverse flow valves in basement floor drains. (Utilities Kingston's Preventative Plumbing program offers financial assistance to qualified homeowners for projects like these.)
  • Move important documents and items of value out of the basement.

To learn more about preparing for flood conditions, visit CityofKingston.ca/FloodReady.

"Rain, heavy at times, will move into Central and Eastern Ontario overnight Thursday night and continue into Friday evening," states Environment Canada in an alert issued Thursday morning, which encompasses Kingston, Odessa and Frontenac Islands. 

In a watershed conditions report issued by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) yesterday, the conservation authority reported that water levels measured at Kingston on April 24 were 75.22 m, which is 0.8 m below the Lake Ontario 100-year flood elevation of 76.0 m.

The current level of the St. Lawrence River measured at Brockville is 75.10 m. This is 0.7 m below the 100-year level of 75.8 metres in that area along the River. The high water levels seen in 2017 were above 75.8 m on Lake Ontario and 75.5 m on St. Lawrence River, measured in Kingston and Brockville respectively. It was at these 2017 levels that significant dock and boat ramp submersions, and some impacts to dwellings, started to occur.

For information concerning flooding, please consult the CRCA or the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry District office. Their information follows:

See Utilities Kingston's website for details on: