Some boat launches closed, safety reminders issued for the County
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY – Municipal staff in the County are reminding residents to be safe when out and near the water this upcoming long weekend.
Residents are still not out of the clear as high water levels in Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte continue to rise and cause localized flooding.
In a release, residents are asked to continue sandbagging efforts if their homes are at risk of flooding.
Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff noted that over 54,000 sandbags have been provided since the beginning of the flooding. He added that he would continue to ensure they would be available for any resident in need of them.
Filled sandbags can be picked up on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 15 Coleman St. in Ameliasburgh and 115 Lake St. in Picton. Self-serve sand and sandbags are also available at 111 Belleville St in Wellington (Wellington Arena).
Motorists are also asked to continue obeying road closures and following proper signage as it is both illegal and dangerous to ignore them.
It was added that debris and other things may have washed into the rivers and lakes, so boaters should take extra precaution. Rocks and other partially submerged items may also be hidden due to higher than normal water levels.
The OPP are asking boaters to minimize their wake when passing shorelines as waves could push more water up against homes than are close to the water’s edge.
For those who have been financially impacted by the flooding, residents can apply to the Red Cross relief fund to get some financial assistance. The press release noted that eligible households would get upwards of $600 dollars. The eligibility criteria and application form can be found here.
For those on wells who have fears about water contamination due to flooding, municipal staff asks that the Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit be called for more information. Water is also being made available at the Wellington Arena from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents may also use the shower facilities at that site.
“I would like to thank all residents for their continued patience during this time and wish all residents and visitors a happy and safe long weekend in the County,” said Mayor Quaiff in a written statement.
In addition, rising water levels have also caused some boat launches in the County to be closed, while some remain open.
Municipal staff has noted that several boat launches have restricted access due to high water levels, which pose a risk to the public’s safety.
In a seperate release, it was noted that water levels would need to subside by significant amounts before repairs to various launches and docks could be made.
Boaters are asked to take note of launches and their “open” or “closed” status before attempting to embark onto the water.
The following launches are closed/open:
- Wellington Beach Boat Launch – Beach Street – CLOSED
- Wellington Marina Boat Lunch – Belleville Street – OPEN
- Picton Marina Boat Launch – Bridge Street - OPEN
- Mabel Kleinsteuber Boat Launch – County Rd 12 – CLOSED
- Consecon Boat Launch – Novotny Court - CLOSED
- Northport Launch – Boat Centennial Park, County Rd 15 – CLOSED
- Prinyer’s Cove Boat Launch – County Rd 7 – CLOSED
- Weller’s Bay Boat Launch – Edward Drive - CLOSED
- Rossmore Launch – Ridley Street – RESTRICTED ACCESS TO DOCK
- Glendon Green Launch – Off County Rd 18 – OPEN
For more information, contact the County of Prince Edward, here.
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