The public is advised to be aware of potential flood dangers and sewer overflows as Kingston continues to experience heavy rain with another 15 to 25 mm of rain forecast to fall on Kingston and area today and into Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) issued a flood watch statement at 1:40 p.m. today for specific inland lakes including lakes in South Frontenac, Gananoque, and Colonel By Lake in Kingston. Flood warnings remain in effect for Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River. Abbey Dawn Road, near Highway 2, is reduced to one lane due to roadway flooding.
“CRCA is urging residents to use caution, to stay away from dams (inflow and outflow channels) and fast flowing watercourses,” the conservation authority stated. Residents along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines were advised to take steps to prepare their homes for potential flooding.
The City is offering sand and sandbags to residents who find themselves in potential flood situations. Pick up can be arranged at 875 Innovation Drive by calling 613-546-0000.
Utilities Kingston issued a statement reminding the city that “bacteria levels in lakes and rivers are higher up to 48 hours after a heavy rainfall and swimming is not recommended during that time.” Sewer overflows are said to contribute to this problem, but are expected to be reduced with the infrastructure updates Utilities Kingston will be completed in 2019.
Kingstonians or visitors planning to swim, fish or boat in Lake Ontario within 48 hours after heavy rain are encouraged to first check the online sewer overflow map at www.UtilitiesKingston.com/Overflows.