Flood Watch

Sandbag and flood debris bins available 

Sandbag and flood debris bins are installed at four locations for property owners to drop off used sandbags and flood debris.

The bins are located at:

• Consecon – Old Fire Hall (81 Consecon Main Street)
• End of Sunrise Drive
• Prinyers Cove Park
• Northport – Northport Centennial Park

The bins are intended for used sandbags and flood debris only. Property owners should only drop off items that have washed up on their shoreline, such as driftwood, brush, broken docks, rafts, rope, seaweed, and lake plants. Putting other household waste in the bins results in additional disposal costs to municipal taxpayers and could have negative environmental impacts.

Water Level Update

Quinte Conservation has downgraded the flood watch issued on May 15 for Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte to a shoreline conditions statement.

Quinte Conservation uses lake elevation measurements of 75.3 m to determine a general flood line above which some properties will begin to be affected by water over the bank of the shoreline. As the lake level is now below this elevation and is not expected to rise above it this year, a shoreline conditions statement has been issued.

Lake Ontario’s water level continues to decline and was recorded at 75.22 m on July 1, 2020. This level is 16 cm above average and 68 cm below the recorded average set this time in 2019. Water levels are expected to continue to slowly decline over the coming weeks and months.

Residents are reminded to take precautions along shorelines as unstable/unsafe banks may exist due to recent erosion and wave action. Flood induced floating debris may cause issues for boaters. Those with properties in low-lying or flood prone areas should continue to monitor forecasts for storms and high winds. Get more information on flooding and resources.

The municipality is protecting key roads where access is threatened during high water levels. Water bags will be used along Hiscock Shores Road and County Road 21 to Big Island. The water bags will reduce the need for straw bales, which were used last year. The municipality intends to raise the road on Wallbridge Circle, Welsey Acres Road, and Winns Drive. 

Flood Prevention Resources and Information

Latest News Releases & Public Notices

Lake Ontario water levels below record-highs — Published April 27, 2020

All municipal boat launches closed — Published April 14, 2020

County adds sandbag depot in West Lake — Published April 3, 2020

Six more sandbagging sites added — Published March 27, 2020

Sand and bags available in five locations — Published March 23, 2020

Flood modelling viewer now available online — Published March 9, 2020

Flood Modelling Viewer

The County’s geographic information systems (GIS) tool showing areas potentially vulnerable to flooding is now available online.

This GIS tool, which was used at the recent flood preparation open house, maps areas potentially at risk of flooding. The tool is for information purposes only.

Click here to access the tool. An online instructional video is available to assist with using the tool.

Flood Preparation Open House — February 19, 2019

The municipality hosted a flood preparation open house at the Wellington and District Community Centre on Wednesday, February 19. The event featured a variety of information tables. Municipal staff and representatives from several outside agencies were in attendance to share information about flood preparation.

View the recording of the open house on the County's Facebook page. Material from keynote speaker Sarah Delicate's presentation can be found on the United Shoreline Ontario website

Flood Preparation Open House Photo

Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River Shoreline Questionnaire

The Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management (GLAM) Committee is seeking input from property and business owners that have been directly affected by the high water levels on the shoreline of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River in 2019.

The questionnaire allows property owners to submit information on the extent of flooding, erosion, damage to shoreline structures, and related damage to residential and business shoreline properties. The questionnaire should take about 20 minutes to complete, depending on extent of damage being reported on.

Click here to take the survey

Additional Information and Resources

Information from Emergency Management Ontario 

Information from Quinte Conservation Authority 

Information from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)