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Water levels will continue to rise on shorelines of Prince Edward County

Water has overtaken docks and is flowing onto properties on East Lake. Dale Miller photo

A Flood Warning remains in effect for all areas in the Quinte Conservation watersheds, but things are looking up for those along the Moira, Napanee, and Salmon Rivers.

“All of the major river systems in our watersheds have peaked overnight,” said Terry Murphy, general manager. “If we do not get any major rainfall, residents should start to notice a continual drop in water levels on the rivers. Unfortunately, this is not the same for those living on the shores of Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte. Water levels on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte will continue to rise slowly for the next several weeks.”

A Flood Warning means flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.

Murphy says residents living in low lying, floodplain areas are reminded that septic systems and drinking water supplies may be compromised in flooded areas and should contact the Health Unit if they are concerned. Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies. Residents requiring assistance should contact their local municipality.

As a result of high water levels and subsequent localized flooding, County residents are being advised of a further closure:

The boardwalk at Mortimer Street at the Picton Harbour was closed on Tuesday, May 9th due to unsafe conditions due to rising water. Access to the boardwalk has been blocked off at Mortimer Street.

Residents of the Royal Harbour Condominiums have been notified of the closure.

Quinte Conservation is urging the public to exercise caution around all watercourses due to strong currents and cold water temperatures. Stream banks may be slippery and treacherous. Dams and other water control structures should be avoided at all times.

The Glenora Ferry resumed reduced service Tuesday morning. Only cars, SUVs and half-ton pick-ups will be carried, due to high water levels. Dual-wheel pick-ups, large vehicles and trailers will not be permitted until further notice.

Friday, the County restricted access to, or closed a number of, docks due to high water levels and damage caused by the waves. Some of the boat launches were also closed.

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