Lansdowne – The Leeds and the Thousand Islands Community Control Group reconvened Sunday May 7 at 2:00 p.m. to receive an update on the ongoing flood warning.
A representative from the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) reported that the Gananoque River system and its tributaries are approaching the levels seen in the spring flooding of 2014. Energy Ottawa confirmed an additional 5-inch rise in water levels in the past 24 hours. CRCA will be regularly monitoring and publishing reports and residents are encouraged to visit the CRCA website: https://crca.ca/ for up to date information.
Township Fire and Public Works personnel continue to patrol and have started door-to-door canvassing to check on home owners in identified high risk areas such as Marble Rock Road and Singleton Lake.
· A portion of Back Street in Seeley’s Bay remains closed due to flooding
· Sand Bay Road is water-covered in portions but still passable
· County Road 3, north of Long Point Road, has localized flooding but remains open
The Fire Chief and Emergency Services advise residents to be diligent in avoiding all river banks, streams and lakes. Fast, strong currents can overtake individuals quickly and footing is unsure.
“We have a concern for all residents; specifically, those in vulnerable areas”, expressed Mayor Joe Baptista. “Our seasonal residents need to be aware that we are approaching record levels on the interior lakes and St. Lawrence River. They need to be prepared for delayed transportation to and from secondary residences and understand that docks and boat houses may have suffered damage during this weather event”, reported Mayor Baptista.
Due to the high-water levels, the Township has closed public access to docks at Ivy Lea, Seeley’s Bay and Rockport. The Outlet dock, owned by CRCA, is submerged and the public is advised to stay away from the area.
Sandbags and sand are available at:
· Township Public Works Building, 1233 Prince Street, Lansdowne
· Fire Station 4, 312 Lyndhurst Road, Lyndhurst
Please bring your own shovels and manpower. Online information for tips on sandbag filling and dyke construction is available.
The Community Control Group will continue to monitor the situation.