12 May
2017

FLOOD UPDATE - FILLED SANDBAGS NOW AVAILABLE AND THE COUNTY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Picton, ON –

Following an aerial assessment of Prince Edward Countys shorelines and door-to-door checks by the Fire Department, an initial assessment indicates that Wellers Bay and Rossmore are among the hardest hit areas by recent localized flooding and rising water levels. Residents in these identified areas are encouraged to monitor water levels and take appropriate action as needed.  Any immediate flooding concerns should be reported to Prince Edward County Customer Service by calling 613.476.2148 ext. 1023 (voicemails to this extension will be monitored after hours).   

Action Items:

Pre-filled sandbags are available for pick-up at 15 Coleman Street in Ameliasburgh and 115 Lake Street in Picton. Self-serve sand and sandbags will continue to be available at 111 Belleville Street (Essroc Arena) in Wellington. If you are sandbagging, it is essential that it is done properly. Residents are encouraged to watch this instructional video before getting started.  

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.

Residents who are 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 system during a flood, click here.

Though The County is under a state of emergency, residents and visitors are reminded that The County is open for business. Wineries, restaurants, breweries, accommodation providers, galleries, studios and other tourism businesses are open and ready to welcome visitors and residents. Anyone coming in from out of town is encouraged to call their accommodation, and other service providers to confirm that reservations and events have not been impacted.

“I would like to clear up a misconception that The County is under water” said Mayor Robert Quaiff. “A number of residents in low-lying areas are facing challenges however tourism season is in full swing and the state of emergency should not be discouraging visitors from coming to The County. We are very much open for business!”

For more information about rising water levels please contact the Quinte Conservation Authority at 613.968.3434 or info@quinteconservation.ca

For more information or to report flooding of your home, contact the County of Prince Edward at 613.476.2148 ext. 1023 or info@pecounty.on.ca

For media inquiries, please contact Ashley Stewart, Destination Development and Marketing Coordinator and Emergency Information Officer at 613.476.2148 ext. 2505 or by email at astewart@pecounty.on.ca.

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