City of Kingston, CRCA address heavy rain in forecast

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Today, Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2024, the Kingston area is likely to see heavy rain as the remnants of Hurricane Beryl head across the region.

The City of Kingston has issued a release saying it is closely monitoring the “forecasted heavy rains expected to arrive in our region on Wednesday and continue through to early Friday.”

Cataraqui Conservation is also monitoring conditions and has released a Water Safety Statement, stating that residents and visitors to the Cataraqui Region should exercise caution around water bodies.

The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) said in the statement, issued on Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2024, that the remnants of Hurricane Beryl is moving towards the Lower Great Lakes.

“With a forecasted range of 25 – 75 mm rainfall for July 10 – 11, there remains considerable uncertainty. The bulk of the rain is expected July 10 with rainfall rates of 20 – 40 mm per hour possible,” the statement reads.

Risks from the heavy rainfall include some streams rising quickly, especially if higher rainfall amounts are received. Some localized inundation of low-lying, poorly drained, and urbanized areas is possible, CRCA detailed.

“Cataraqui Conservation is urging caution, particularly around all dams (inflow and outflow channels), fast-flowing watercourses, and stormwater ponds. Respect the hazards in these areas by obeying all warning signs, and keep away from booms, buoys, and barriers. Stay well back from the water’s edge above and below dams and hydroelectric stations. Creek banks and lake shorelines may be slippery, increasing the chance of falling in,” the statement reads.

CRCA also noted that widespread flooding is not expected, but localized inundation of low-lying and poorly drained areas is possible.

“If you witness flooding and/or require assistance, your first point of contact is the local municipality,” CRCA said.

The City provided the following details and links to help the community be prepared for the heavy rainfall.

Stay Informed: Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #ONStorm.  

Stay Safe Around Water Bodies: Cataraqui Conservation has issued a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety due to heavy rainfall expected July 10 and 11. They urge caution, particularly around all dams (inflow and outflow channels), fast-flowing watercourses and stormwater ponds. Sign up to receive alerts from Cataraqui Conservation, including flood notifications.  

Protect Your Property: Ensure that gutters and drains are clear to prevent blockages. Move valuables and important documents to higher ground if flooding is a concern. Visit Utilities Kingston’s Flood Facts for information about what to do if your basement floods.  

Travel Safely: Avoid driving during heavy downpours. If you must drive, use caution as visibility will be reduced. Use your preferred Transit app to check for any Kingston Transit route or schedule changes. 

Be Prepared: Widespread flooding or other extreme weather events are not forecasted for our region, however, it’s always a good idea to have your emergency kit ready. See what to include in your kit and be ready to self-sustain you, your family and pets for at least 72 hours in case of an emergency. 

The City suggested its webpage detailing how to be prepared will be updated regularly with information from the City and its partners to keep the community safe during this weather event. 

Kingstonist will continue to monitor weather conditions.

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