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Flood Condition Update for Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands

Flood Condition Update for Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands

Lansdowne – The Leeds and the Thousand Islands Community Control Group reconvened Friday May 12 at 1:00 p.m. to receive an update on the recent flood conditions experienced by much of Eastern Ontario over the past week. This was the group’s fifth meeting since the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) issued a flood watch on May 2, 2017.

Energy Ottawa representative Murray Hall, confirmed that water levels decreased anywhere from 2 to 7 inches on inland lakes and tributaries since Monday, May 8th.

“Properties and residences along Marble Rock Road are stable at this point. We’ve seen a slow stabilization on Charleston Lake, Gananoque Lake and at the Gananoque dam this week as the water is making its way to the St. Lawrence River,” Mr. Hall reported.

Shawn Fairbank of Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) noted that the rise in water levels for both the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario have been significant in the last week and are being monitored closely. Seasonal residents may be returning to damaged docks, boat houses and cottages.

Leeds County OPP, along with Parks Canada representatives, seek the public’s ongoing cooperation in safe boating practices on rivers and lakes. “We can’t stress enough the importance of managing your wake,” noted Acting Staff Sargent Josh Kingsley of the OPP. While the official season for OPP marine patrol does not take effect until May 15th, officers have started early patrols to enforce safe boating practices. Parks Canada officially opens its parks on the Victoria Day long weekend; however, due to high water levels some services, campgrounds, boat ramps, docks and tenting sites remain closed until the risk of injury passes. The public is encouraged to regularly visit the Parks Canada website for updates.

Public Access Dock/Ramp Updates:
Due to the continuing high-water levels, the public docks at Ivy Lea and Seeley’s Bay remain closed. The boat ramp in Seeley’s Bay and one in Rockport are open. The dock at the Outlet is under water but the ramp is open.

“Sunny, clear skies are a welcomed sight today but may be short lived according to the weekend weather forecast”, commented Mayor Joe Baptista. “We know that weather patterns can be unpredictable and what we’ve learned from this spring, and that of 2014, is property owners must take proactive measures to mitigate flood damage to their property,” he concluded.

Over the past week, Township officials provided approximately 3000 sand bags and 150 tonnes of sand to residents. “Our emergency services personnel have routinely patrolled Township roads and villages, canvassed door-to-door in high risk areas, and assisted vulnerable and special needs residents,” commented Kimberly Almeida, the Township’s Community Emergency Management Coordinator. “We will continue to measure and monitor our local water levels and participate in ongoing discussions with the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre”, Ms. Almeida confirmed.

Members of the Township Community Control Group expressed appreciation to their community partners which include: Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, Energy Ottawa, Leeds OPP, Leeds Grenville Lanark Health Unit, Leeds Grenville Public Works, Leeds Grenville EMS, Parks Canada, and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Ontario.

Visit the CRCA website: https://crca.ca/ and the Health Unit website for general information on forecasts, well-water tips and recovery from flooding.

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