Water levels predicted to peak in early June

Photo by Mike Kutz.


The water levels along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River are expected to peak in early June.

The City is not anticipating widespread flooding at this time, the 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 International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board (ILOSLRB) reported that “Lake Ontario continues to rise and [there is] a 50 percent chance that within two weeks levels will reach or exceed the highs of 2017.”

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.

The city will have sand and sandbags available for pick-up at 875 Innovation Dr. for community members who find themselves in potential flood situations. Proof of residency (such a piece of mail with name and address) will need to be provided upon pick up.

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