16 May


Picton, ON –

With water levels on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte continuing to rise, property owners – especially those in low-lying areas and/or along shorelines - are encouraged to be proactive in their actions and take necessary precautions to protect their health, home and property.

“The reality is that water is rising and it is expected to continue rising for the next several weeks” said Mayor Robert Quaiff. “Filled sandbags are available and I can’t stress enough the importance of being proactive and sandbagging if you think there is a chance your property might flood.”

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).  

Precautions include:

Sandbagging - pre-filled sandbags continue to be available at 15 Coleman Street in Ameliasburgh and 115 Lake Street in Picton. Self-serve sand and sandbags continue to be available at 111 Belleville Street (Essroc Arena) in Wellington. If you are sandbagging, it is essential that it is done properly - instructional video

Well Contamination - contact the Hastings and Prince Edward Health Unit with drinking water concerns. If you are on a well and are concerned about 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. Contact HPE Public Health at 613.966.5500 for more information.

Septic Systems - 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 or contact HPE Public Health at 613.966.5500.

The County continues to map water flows and projections to help direct efforts. While all low-lying and/or waterfront properties are considered to be at risk of flooding, the following areas are of particular concern and property owners are encouraged to check their property and take appropriate precautions and actions.

Shoreline along County Road 3
Wellers Bay
Peats Point
Shoreline along County Road 15
South Bay
Muscote Bay
Sunrise Drive/Wallbridge Circle area

More information:

For information about rising water levels contact Quinte Conservation Authority at 613.968.3434.

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