Local Conservation Agency Hopes Upcoming Dry Forecast Will Provide Relief

The local conservation agency says that while the water levels could get worse before they get better, this week’s upcoming dry forecast could provide relief.

Data released by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) shows that as of Monday, the lake-wide water levels sit at 75.6 m, which is 2 cm above the peak in 2017.

That remains below the 100-year record of 75.8 metres for Brockville.

On Tuesday, Environment Canada was calling for showers into Wednesday afternoon, but then temperatures rising to the mid-20C with sunny skies.

Krista Fazackerley says that The International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board have been working to control the outflows from Lake Ontario.

She says that over the next several days the water levels are expected to peak. After that they hope the run of dry weather will mean the water will stablize then begin a gradual decline.

"Any rises we may see over the next few days, they're hoping it will be under five centimetres. It just all depends on Mother Nature, and how much rain we get over the next little bit."

Blockhouse Island has been closed to vehicles as water from the St. Lawrence has spilled into the street and city officials are concerned about the integrity of the roadway.

Fazackerley says boaters should be careful of extra debris in the water and of the problems waves can cause to homeowners along the shoreline.

"A lot of that wake can cause erosion and damage to already flooded areas," she explains.

The CRCA says area will remain under a flood warning until July 3, unless something changes.