KINGSTON ON – The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has updated its Flood Statements today for Buells/Butlers Creek in Brockville, Inland Lakes, and Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
Flood Watch for Buells/Butlers Creek – Downgraded to Water Safety
The Flood Watch for Buells/Butlers Creek and the Detention Basin (Between Laurier Blvd. and the Memorial Centre) in Brockville has been downgraded to a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety. CRCA staff has been conducting operations to lessen the impacts of the recent rainfall however, water levels remain high. Levels will continue to fall over the next few days; flooding is not expected. The CRCA is urging residents to exercise caution in this area, especially downstream of the Detention Basin, and to stay away from the cold, deep, fast flowing water.
Flood Warning Update – Inland Lakes and Streams
Most of the streams and creeks in the Cataraqui Region have peaked and are starting to fall. However, many inland lakes including those in the Gananoque and Cataraqui River watersheds are generally very high, and well above 2014 levels in the Cataraqui River system. High levels are expected to remain for several days and could potentially rise further with another 15 – 20 mm of rain forecast for the coming weekend. Water managers continue to conduct operations and work together to minimize effects and pass flows down through the system.
Specific Locations where water levels are exceptionally high include*:
Cataraqui River Watershed – Buck Lake, Canoe Lake, Colonel By Lake, Cranberry Lake, Devil Lake, Dog Lake, Kingsford Lake, Loughborough Lake, Newboro Lake, Opinicon Lake, Sand Lake.
Gananoque River Watershed – Charleston Lake, Delta, Gananoque Lake, Graham Lake, Lyndhurst Lake, Marble Rock Road.
Millhaven Creek Watershed – Sydenham Lake
*connected lakes and watercourses associated with the above list may also be affected.
Flood Warning Update – Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River
Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River remain under a Flood Warning. The International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board is continuing operations and increasing outflow to minimize flooding and erosion impacts when possible. The Board has indicated that the current water levels are 6 centimetres higher than the previous record for this time of the year, which was set in 1973. They have indicated that water levels may continue to rise as a result of rain, but not at the rates of increase seen in recent days.
The water level measured today at Kingston is currently 75.7 metres which is just 0.3 metres below the Lake Ontario 100-year flood elevation of 76.0 metres. The current level of the St. Lawrence River measured at Brockville is 75.5 metres. This is just 0.3 metres below the 100-year level of 75.8 metres in that area along the River.