07 Jun

Mayor Quaiff provides flood emergency update

Picton, ON – Mayor Robert Quaiff today updated the community on the state of emergency that was declared on May 9 due to localized flooding and high water levels on the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario.

“Water levels appear to have stabilized, and I am cautiously optimistic the levels will decline in the coming weeks,” Mayor Quaiff says. “With water levels still high, though, the state of emergency is still in effect. The County`s Emergency Control Group will continue to monitor water levels, respond to any ongoing challenges, and prepare for the recovery.”

Sandbags are still available in Ameliasburgh (15 Coleman St.), Wellington (111 Belleville Street), and Picton (115 Lake St.) on a self-serve basis. Approximately 81,000 sandbags have been distributed across The County to date. To assist with sandbag recovery and the collection of flood-related debris, The County will position dumpsters in several convenient locations. More information will be announced in the coming weeks as the debris management plan is finalized.

The County continues to monitor road conditions in low lying areas. Crews are repairing several roads damaged by waves and debris. A complete list of current road closures and restrictions is posted on The County`s flood watch webpage. Drivers must obey all marked signage and road barricades. It is illegal and dangerous to drive on closed roads.

The Canadian Red Cross is providing direct financial assistance to households affected by the flooding. Eligible registered households will receive $600 in direct financial assistance. 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 understand this spring has been difficult for many people in The County, and I commend them for their resiliency,” Mayor Quaiff says. “I would also like to thank the people who have helped their neighbours and friends, as well as The County employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist people impacted by flooding.”

For information, to request assistance or to report flooding of your home, contact County of Prince Edward Customer Service at 613.476.2148 ext. 1023 or email info@pecounty.on.ca. For immediate concerns, contact the Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue at 613.476.2602. Further updates will also be provided on The County`s Flood Watch webpage as they become available.

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