BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville Emergency Control Group met Saturday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m. to review the current status of shoreline water levels and determine the preventative actions to be taken to minimize resulting issues.
Residents should be aware these Bay of Quinte levels are long term and do not reverse quickly. The heightened water levels along our shoreline are a result of increased lake levels and these are not anticipated to recede until mid-June or July.
The level of the Moira River has increased. If rainfall ceases this weekend as predicted, it will not be until Monday or Tuesday when the levels peak and begin to decrease. Extra staff is prepared to assist residents with issues along the river shoreline.
The City is contacting a select number of residents whose homes are at risk in the Foxboro area with the intent of providing them with sand bags and assistance in preparing to diminish flood issues.
For safety purposes these shoreline streets are closed south of St. Paul Street: South George, South John, South Church, Harbour Drive and Keegan Parkway east of Foster Avenue. Other closures include James Street and Morgan Road. All waterfront trails are closed.
It is illegal to drive on closed roads and the police will be monitoring the area. For the safety of all, please stay away as directed – submerged roads are unstable and can collapse.
Those with concerns regarding residential flooding should direct them to Fire Dispatch at 613-962-2010. Please leave contact information and someone will respond and assess the situation. Sandbags do not help with groundwater infiltration. If you are concerned for possible basement flooding, relocate your items and disconnect electrical appliances.
“We cannot stress enough the importance of residents avoiding our shoreline areas during this time,” said Mayor Christopher. “The City is exercising every precaution available to ensure the safety of our residents.”
The public is encouraged to visit the Weather Network, Environment Canada and Quinte Conservation websites for weather related information.
For information concerning drinking water affected by flooding or keeping food safe during a power failure search emergency preparedness on the Health Unit website at: Hpepublichealth.ca
For more flood safety information or to find a licensed electrical contractor in your area visit: Esasafe.com
The City will continue to monitor the flooding situation provide further updates as necessary.
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