On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) issued a flood warning for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The warning forecasted higher than normal water levels, which could lead to flooding at the end of May.
While the city of Kingston is not currently experiencing flooding, Lake Ontario water levels are higher than the seasonal average and the city suggests residents plan accordingly.
Residents living in low-lying or flood prone zones are advised to monitor the forecast for flooding warnings or related weather conditions. High winds are forecast overnight tonight and could cause a wave uprush along the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
“Wide-spread flooding is not expected in Kingston at this time” said Brandi Timpson, the City’s manager of emergency preparedness. “It is important for all residents to be aware of what steps they can take to protect their home, family and pets.” Timpson also noted that “flood messaging is in effect for much of Central and Eastern Ontario.”
Forecasts and flood-prone areas will be closely observed by the city, and there will be increased observation prior to forecasted rain events. Resident reports and site-specific assessments will be conducted as required.
Information about flood preparation can be found at CityofKingston.ca/FloodReady.