Water Levels Slowly Decreasing along Shoreline

This morning, Dave Eastcott from Quinte Conservation, told members of the City of Belleville Emergency Management Program committee that Lake Ontario water levels have declined four centimetres since their peak in June.  It is anticipated the levels will continue to decrease by almost one centimetre each day throughout the summer with occasional fluctuations subject to weather conditions. He stated it is reasonable to assume this year’s high levels will result in higher than normal levels going in to the winter season.

“Today’s meeting was encouraging in that the conversation has shifted to scheduling the steps we will now be taking to withdraw from the flooded areas,” said Mayor Mitch Panciuk. “The scheduling has been developed based on the estimated rate of decreasing water levels available at this time. If these levels decrease at a faster rate, this process will be adjusted accordingly.”

Belleville Police Services will be providing updated drone footage of the waterfront area which will be available for viewing online at: youtu.be/bNhPYmAmvBc

Victoria Harbour remains closed to all but local boat traffic to minimize wake damage. ‘No Wake’ signage is posted in Victoria Park Harbour. Please respect this directive and encourage others to do the same. Surges caused by the high wind effect are a concern. Wind speed and direction impact shoreline water levels.

Please avoid flooded areas in the city. Driving on closed roadways is an offense accompanied by a substantial fine.

Actions Taken to Date:
Bayshore Trail is completely closed – Herchimer Avenue to George Street and up to Victoria Park. Sections of the Zwick’s Park Trail have also been closed. This is for public safety and we ask you - please respect this decision.

Water level increases in Victoria Park prompted the closure of the west leg of the access roadway and the conversion of the east leg roadway to accommodate two-way traffic. This enables local boat owners to continue to have access to their boats. Signage is posted warning motorists to exercise extreme caution.

Additional sandbags were placed along the end of Meyers Pier to shield guests of the Pier Patio and BBQ from ‘wave waters’. Water walls have been placed along Meyers Pier to control waves impacting the pier.

Sections of South George Street and Harbour Drive have been closed.

Crews have elevated South Church and John Streets to enable residents to access their homes.

Concrete blocks were put in place to contain water levels in these areas.

George Street boat launch is currently open but not accessible from Harbour Drive.

Residents are asked to:

Residents are cautioned to stay out of the water which has flooded onto municipal property. Sharp objects and debris present potential injury.

Non- area residents:

For the safety of all, please avoid this area - submerged roads are unstable and can collapse. Driving on closed roadways is an offense accompanied by a substantial fine.

Valuable resources:

Quinte Conservation for active water levels and flow rates: quinteconservation.ca.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: hpepublichealth.ca
Electrical Safety Authority: esasafe.com
Operational Services Customer Line at 613-967-3275 to contact Flood Assessors

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