Updates on Steps Being Taken on Waterfront

The City of Belleville Emergency Control Group met Tuesday, May 16th at 2:00 p.m. to review the current status of water levels and determine the preventative actions to be taken to minimize resulting issues.

The weather forecast is for rain this weekend. Combined with westerly winds this will result in continued concerns for the waterfront area.  Residents should be aware these Bay levels are long term and do not reverse quickly. As a result they are not anticipated to recede until mid-June or July.

“We are communicating with the residents in the impacted area,” said Mayor Christopher. “Staff have sandbagged along Meyers Pier to minimize erosion and pier damage as much as possible.”

The following streets are completely closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic:  South George, South John and South Church south of St. Paul Street.  Harbour Drive is closed also. It is illegal to drive on closed roads and the police are monitoring the area. For the safety of all, please stay away as directed - submerged roads are unstable and can collapse. Victoria Park is closed to the public and boaters are asked to avoid entering Victoria Harbour to prevent wake damage.

In addition to vehicular and pedestrian traffic being restricted, the public must stay out of the area. All the Bayshore waterfront trails are closed. The City cautions residents to stay out of the water which has flooded onto municipal property.  Sharp objects and debris present potential injury. Public Health did a sweep for mosquito larva along the shoreline and it has been reported that flooding in open flood areas does not create conditions conducive to mosquito breeding. Public Health will continue to monitor this situation.

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 – treat every electrical outlet in water as live.

Those looking for weather and flood update information are encouraged to visit the Weather Network, Environment Canada and Quinte Conservation websites.

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 flood situation, providing further updates as necessary.

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