22 Jun

County lifts flood state of emergency

Picton – Mayor Robert Quaiff has lifted the state of emergency that has been in place since May 9 due to localized flooding and high water levels on the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario.

“The decline in water levels over the past several weeks has significantly reduced the risk of serious harm to people or substantial damage to property,” Mayor Quaiff says. “With the state of emergency lifted, we will shift our focus to ongoing recovery efforts.”

Beginning next week, The County will position bins in several locations for residents to drop off sandbags and flood-related debris. The exact locations will be announced early next week. Sandbags will continue to be available until June 30 at locations in Wellington (111 Belleville St.), Ameliasburgh (15 Coleman St.), and Picton (115 Lake St.).

Residents on a well who are concerned about contaminated drinking water can pick up bottled water at the Wellington and District Community Centre (111 Belleville St.) and the Picton Arena (375 Picton Main St.) from 8 am-8 pm. If you have questions about drinking water, please contact Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health at 613.966.5500 or visit this website.

The Canadian Red Cross is providing direct financial assistance to households affected by the flooding. Visit www.redcross.ca/gethelp for more information. The Canadian Red Cross has also published a flood recovery guide to assist residents impacted by the high water levels.

“I commend residents for their patience and positive attitude during the spring flooding,” Mayor Quaiff says. “As we move beyond the state of emergency, I hope residents and visitors alike can enjoy a vibrant summer in The County.”

For more information, contact County of Prince Edward Customer Service at 613.476.2148 ext. 1023 or email info@pecounty.on.ca

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca