26 May
2017

Notice: Sandbags still available for residents

Picton, ON --

Water levels remain high on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte. Sandbags and pre-filled sandbags will continue to be available at both the Ameliasburgh (15 Coleman St.) and Picton (115 Lake St.) locations over the weekend for residents whose property is at risk of flooding.

County staff will be on site only at 15 Coleman St. in Ameliasburgh on Saturday and Sunday from 7 am until 5 pm. The Picton site will not be staffed, and residents are asked to fill out the supplied form detailing how many sandbags they picked up and where the bags will be used. To date, more than 65,000 sandbags have been distributed to residents.

To avoid injury when filling sandbags, follow the instructions provided in this video.

Important reminders

- Roads crews continue to monitor road conditions in low lying areas. Closures and/or restrictions may be necessary if roads become unsafe for passage due to water levels. Drivers must obey all marked signage and road barricades. It is illegal and dangerous to drive on closed roads.

- Boaters are asked to minimize their wake when passing shorelines. Any waves could impact homes and structures that are on the verge of flooding.

- A number of municipal boat launches are closed due to high water levels and damage to docks. The public is advised to obey all marked signage and boat launch closure barricades. It is illegal and dangerous to access closed boat launches. A full listing of closures and restrictions is available online.

- The Red Cross is providing direct financial assistance totalling $4 million to households impacted by the flooding in Quebec and Ontario. Eligible households will receive $600 and eligibility criteria and application forms are available online.

- If you’re on a well and concerned about water contamination, bottled water is available at the Wellington Arena (111 Belleville St.) and the Picton Arena (375 Picton Main St.) from 8am-8pm. For information on your well or cistern water supply during a flood, click here or contact HPE Public Health at 613.966.5500.

- Residents concerned about septic systems while flooding continues may use shower facilities at the Wellington Arena (111 Belleville St.) and the Picton Arena (375 Picton Main St.) from 8am-8pm. For more information on septic during a flood, click here or contact HPE Public Health at 613.966.5500.

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 (messages will be monitored after hours). For immediate concerns, contact the Prince Edward County Fire Department at 613.476.2602.

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