UPDATE: Sandbagging continues, water levels stable in Brighton
The sandbagged areas in Brighton have continued despite ongoing challenges brought on by water levels in Lake Ontario.
Municipal officials said that lake levels have remained stable but that Greenway circle area did suffer some problems thanks to heavy winds and larger than normal waves.
In a press release, it was noted that the sandbag barriers in Brighton have held and almost all residents in the effected areas have been able to remain in their homes.
Work was done at Shoal Point, Gosport and Greenway Circle to reinforce and provide additional protection of homes in those locations.
Sand bags and sand are available in Gosport, the west Lakeshore area, Shoal Point, Ontario Street and at 67 Sharp Road.
About 30 volunteer firefighters from across Northumberland County also once again assisted Brighton firefighters on Wednesday evening to reinforce and sandbag.
Conservation Authority have noted that the high water levels are stable but that small increases could be possible over the next three weeks, the release added.
Staff will also consider the longer term consequences of the flooding in the coming weeks, and develop a cleanup plan.
Brighton also noted that they would be closing its two boat launches to the public until further notice. The municipality decided to close the launches due to the flooding and for the protection of the public’s safety.
Residents who use the boat launches at Bay Street Marina and at the end of Ontario Street will have to wait until staff declares the area safe.
The areas will be cordoned off Thursday with signage in place Friday morning.
A Flood Warning remains in effect for both Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte and Quinte Conservation said the best information from the federal government indicates the bodies of water will peak within a week.
However, Water Resources Manager Christine McClure said that won't mean immediate relief for people with shoreline homes and properties. Water levels could increase by up to 30 centimetres due to winds and wave action.
She anticipates it will still take some time for the the levels start receding after they peak and will gradually decline over the summer and into the fall.
Quinte Conservation also noted that they have been receiving many reports about carp making their way into the floodwaters. But since it is natural for them to spawn at this time of year, staff said they would not make any attempts to rescue the fish.
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