County to host flood preparation open house Feb. 19

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Mayor Steve Ferguson and United Shoreline Ontario (USO) are hosting an information session Wed. Feb. 19 from 6-9 p.m. at Highline Hall in Wellington where Sarah Delicate from USO will be speaking.

With the strong possibility we will see higher than normal water levels on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte again this spring, we want to be proactive in helping residents and businesses get ready for flooding on their properties,” said Mayor Ferguson. “Sarah Delicate from United Shoreline Ontario will be in attendance. She is a dynamic, passionate, and informative speaker who will share a wealth of information and expertise.”

USO engages governments and private homeowners for the protection of lakeshore homes and businesses. The group also seeks to unite the residents and municipalities of the north shore of Lake Ontario in one voice in lobbying for changes to Plan 2014, which regulates water levels and flows on Lake Ontario, and improvements to the emergency flood response from the provincial and federal governments.

We want to hear from people,” stated Mayor Ferguson. “I anticipate there will be lessons we can learn which will help the municipality better prepare in 2020.”

During the open house portion of the event, attendees can learn more about the community resources they can access in order to protect their property in the event of flooding. County staff will also be in attendance to field questions about the municipal response to flooding. Attendees can share their feedback and stories about the flooding in 2017 and 2019.

Well over 500 people attended a similar information session last fall that was organized by Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison.

More information about the open house will be shared in the coming days.

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