The City of Kingston is advising residents to prepare for localized flooding as 20 to 40 mm of rain is expected to fall by Friday – most of it this afternoon and throughout the night – coupled with wind gusts of up to 40 km/h, higher than average water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, along with the ground’s limited capacity to absorb more water.
“Flood messaging is in effect for much of Central and Eastern Ontario,” says Brandi Timpson, the City’s Manager of Emergency Preparedness. “While wide-spread flooding is not expected in Kingston at this time, it’s important for all residents to be aware of what steps they can take to protect their home, family and pets.”
The City is making sand and sandbags available and urges residents living in low-lying, flood-prone areas to take measures to protect their property.
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Kingston residents requiring sand or sandbags can call 613-546-0000 and let them know when you plan to attend for pick-up. They can be found at 875 Innovation Dr. and you will be required to show proof of residency (i.e. a piece of mail with your name and address).
Information on ways to prepare for, respond to, and recuperate from a flooding event can be found on the City’s emergency management Flooding page and additional flood event resources are available at this local conservation authority page.
Utilities Kingston also suggests residents to take steps to protect their basements from flooding by checking sump pumps and backwater valves for proper operation; ensuring your downspouts are clear of debris and directed at least two metres away from your foundation; reduce your water use during heavy rains when sewers may fill up; remove high value items out of your basement and store other items in water tight containers; and ensure that basement windows and ground level doors are properly sealed.
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