Flood Watch

As a result of high water levels on the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario, and subsequent localized flooding, the County of Prince Edward has created this webpage to provide residents and visitors with latest updates and information. 

Sandbag and Flood Debris Collection

Sandbags should be removed as soon as the threat of flooding is over because the sandbags may rot or breakdown over time. Loose or leaking sand near the shoreline can negatively impact streams, wetlands, and storm drains.

Sandbag depot bins are located at:

— 115 Lake Street, Picton

— 111 Belleville Street in Wellington

Debris that has washed up on the shore – material such as driftwood, brush, broken or damaged docks, rafts, or rope – and construction-related debris should be delivered to a County landfill/transfer site. Construction-related debris includes material removed from structures that were damaged, including drywall, building supports such as 2x4s, or plywood, as well as any debris left over from repairs made to flood-damaged structures. Damaged household furniture and flooring should also be taken to a landfill/transfer site.

Sandbag Handling Safety Tips

Here are some tips for properly handling sandbags:

— Wear gloves and boots to protect yourself from scrapes and contaminants.

— Because of the possibility of contamination and the health and environmental risks they pose, sand from sandbags should never be used in sandboxes, playgrounds, or other areas where it will be on the ground surface or directly in contact with people.

— Sand should not be disposed of in a wetland, waterway, flood plain, or other environmentally sensitive or protected area.

— Do not dispose of sand into the local watercourse.

Wells and Septic 

Residents who are on a well who are concerned about contaminated drinking water can pick up bottled water at the Wellington Arena (111 Belleville St.) and the Picton Arena (375 Picton Main St.) from 8am – 8pm. For more information on your well or cistern water supply during a flood, click here. If you have questions about drinking water, please contact Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health at 613.966.5500.

Latest News Releases & Public Notices

County to remove flood debris bins after Labour Day

Update on County boat launch and dock access

County offers bins for sandbags and flood debris

County lifts state of emergency

Mayor Quaiff provides flood emergency update

Update on roads impacted by flooding

Road restrictions due to flooding

Sandbags Still Available for Residents

Flood Update in the Lead Up to the Long Weekend

Property Owners Encouraged to be Proactive

Baseball Fields in Prince Edward County are all OPEN

Filled Sandbags now available and The County is Open for Business

Partial Closure at Wellington Main Street Park 

Closures at Boat Launches

Update on State of Emergency Due to Flooding

Public Notice: County of Prince Edward Declares State of Emergency Due to Flooding

Public Notice: Mortimer Street Boardwalk at Picton Bay Closed

Public Notice: Update on Ongoing Rainfall and Localized Flooding in Prince Edward County 

Areas of Concern

While all low-lying and/or waterfront properties are considered to be at risk of flooding, the following areas are of particular concern and property owners are encouraged to check their property and take appropriate precautions and actions.

flood map

Additional Information and Resources

Red Cross – Red Cross is providing direct financial assistance to households impacted by flooding in Ontario and Quebec. Eligible households will receive $600. Criteria and application forms are online. 

In addition to the initial $600 of direct financial assistance provided to eligible households, the Red Cross will offer a second round of funding starting June 19 by assessing further household needs.

This additional support will help individuals and families recover from the floods and can be used to cover costs that won't be covered by other funding sources. It could include reconstruction and relocation, health needs, transportation needs, children’s needs and occupational needs.

In order for households to be eligible for this second round of financial assistance, they must be registered with the Red Cross, and must be validated as a flood‐impacted household. More information is available online.

Boat Safety – Recent flooding has washed a wide variety of material into rivers and lakes and in some cases, rocks which 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. OPP is urging extreme caution as many people prepare to get their boats on the water for the first time this season. Safe Boating Guide

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

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing are evaluating damage and collecting data before making a decision about activating the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in Central and Eastern Ontario. This program is designed to help people affected by natural disasters get back on their feet.

After a natural disaster, people may need help to cover the costs of cleaning, repairing and replacing essential property, so their lives can get back to normal. Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians provides financial assistance to individuals, small owner-operated businesses, farmers and not-for-profit organizations. It helps cover emergency expenses, repairs, or replacement of essential property after a natural disaster. Affected residents should save any receipts and document their time in protecting their personal homes as they may be eligible to apply for financial assistance through the Province. 

For more information and to determine if you are eligible please visit the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians webpage.