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Water levels predicted to peak in early June

May 17, 2019 -

With Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River water levels expected to peak in early June, the City's office of emergency management is advising residents in low-lying and flood prone areas along these shorelines to keep a close eye on the forecast and take necessary steps to protect their homes.

The City is not anticipating widespread flooding at this time.

Please note

  • "Lake Ontario continues to rise and [there is] a 50 per cent chance that within two weeks levels will reach or exceed the highs of 2017," reports the International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board (ILOSLRB) in The Weekly Water Level Forecast.
  • Given current conditions and weather forecasts, Lake Ontario is expected to peak at approximately 75.9 m in early June, but "higher water levels are possible under potentially wetter conditions," states the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA), in a flooding warning update issued earlier today. 
  • The current water levels for Lake Ontario, measured at Kingston are 75.65 metres, which is 0.35 metres below the 100-year flood levels of 76.0 meters.

Need Sandbags?

If you find yourself in a potential flood situation and require sand or sandbags, call 613-546-0000. The City has sand and sandbags available for pick-up at 875 Innovation Dr. When you call, you will be asked when you plan to pick up the sand or sandbags. Please note: you will be asked to present proof of residency I.E. a piece of mail with your name and address when collecting the sand.

All residents can learn about steps to protect their homes against flooding by visiting www.CityofKingston.ca/FloodReady