Water Safety Statement – Lake Ontario, Upper St. Lawrence River Storm Surge

Published on: 2022/04/19 - in News

A Shoreline Conditions Statement has been issued by Cataraqui Conservation today due to forecasted storm surge and waves from sustained west winds.

Increased water levels due to storm surge from sustained west winds is being forecast by the Surface Water Monitoring Centre (SWMC) of the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources & Forestry (NDMNRF). Significant wave heights is also being forecast by Environment Canada.

According to a Cataraqui Conservation release, the forecasted storm surge values and wave heights for eastern Lake Ontario and upper St. Lawrence River on the evening of April 19 and into April 20 may be high enough to cause localized shoreline erosion and inundation of low-lying areas and residents are being urged to take care along the shoreline.

Additional information on water levels, wind and wave forecasts, and Provincial flood messages can be found at Cataraqui Conservation’s flood page.

This Shoreline Conditions Statement will remain in effect until (or updated before) 11:59 PM April 20, 2022 and Cataraqui Conservation staff will continue to monitor ILOSLRB water level forecasts, Surface Water Monitoring Centre Provincial Statements, local water levels, and update Cataraqui Conservation messaging as needed.

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