Flood Watch

A flood outlook is in effect as a result of high water levels on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte.  

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

Latest News Releases & Public Notices

Local mayors call for immediate change to water levels — September 24, 2019

Flood update — September 23, 2019

Flood debris bins in place — June 20, 2019

County Road 12 along Lake Ontario reopens — June 19, 2019

Beach Street in Wellington reopens — June 19, 2019

Section of County Road 28 closed — June 14, 2019

Beach Street in Wellington closed — June 11, 2019

Portion of North Big Island Road closed June 6 — June 5, 2019

Public safety top priority during high water levels — June 3, 2019

Residents urged to remain vigilant as Lake Ontario water levels reach 2017 peak — May 31, 2019

Flood warning maintained for Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte — May 29, 2019

Flood warning remains in effect for Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte May 22, 2019

New sandbag locations; boat launches closed — May 15, 2019

County expands sandbag availability — May 10, 2019

Sandbags available at additional locations — May 7, 2019

Sandbags available in Sophiasburgh — May 3, 2019

Municipality offering sandbags to residents — May 2, 2019

Additional Information and Resources

Boat Launch Closures

All municipal boat launches have reopened in the County of Prince Edward. 


For more information on your well or cistern water supply during a flood, visit the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health website. If you have questions about drinking water, please contact Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health at 613.966.5500  or 1.800.267.2803 extension 677.

Septic systems

Residents are encouraged to discuss with their septic contractor whether to pump their septic tanks during flooded or saturated drainfield conditions. At best, pumping the tank is only a temporary solution. Under worst conditions, pumping could cause the tank to float out of the ground and damage the inlet and outlet pipes.

In addition, do not compact the soil over the soil absorption field by driving or operating equipment in the area. Saturated soil is especially susceptible to compaction, which can reduce the soil absorption field’s ability to treat waste water and lead to system failure.

Boat Safety

High winds and waves can lead to shoreline erosion when lake levels are elevated. Boaters are asked to minimize their wake when passing shorelines.

As a result of high water levels, a wide variety of material could wash into rivers and lakes. And in some cases, rocks that are normally visible could be just below the surface. A collision with these hazards could cause serious damage to boats and potentially serious injuries to those onboard. Boaters are encouraged to exercise extreme caution and consult the Safe Boating Guide.

Red Cross financial aid

The Canadian Red Cross has announced financial assistance for households in affected communities in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick directly impacted by spring flooding. Affected households may receive $600 to help meet their immediate needs.

To receive this assistance, impacted households first need to be registered with the Red Cross so that individual assessments of needs can be completed. People can register by calling 1.800.863.6582 or online at www.redcross.ca/gethelp. People only need to register once for their household. Full details of assistance available can be found at www.redcross.ca/gethelp.

Emergency Preparedness Links

Emergency Management Ontario – Floods

Quinte Conservation Authority – In Case of a Flood

Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health – Drinking Water Affected by Flooding

Electric Safety Authority (ESA) – ESA Flood Safety Information

Government of Ontario – Emergency Information