High Water Level Update

print-logo May 05, 2017

PORT HOPE, ON – The Municipality of Port Hope continues to monitor the higher than average water levels in Lake Ontario. Water levels and flows in the Ganaraska River are also being monitored in consultation with the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority.

The ground, already near saturation, has little ability to absorb further rainfall. Rainfall totals of 40 to 70 mm are expected through Saturday. Rain is forecast to persist through Saturday as the weather system responsible stalls over the region. The rain will be heaviest today and tonight before tapering off to showers and light rain for the remainder of the weekend. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Residents are advised to stay away from creeks, riverbeds and the shores of Lake Ontario. Consider moving valuable items to higher levels.

As a result of current and projected rainfalls and wave actions in Lake Ontario, the following municipal recreational spaces are closed for public use and access.

  1. Lake Street from behind the Sewage Treatment Plant leading to gage’s Creek will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
  2. The gravel parking area along Mill Street adjacent to the boardwalk. 
  3. The parking area on the west side of the Ganaraska River in proximity to the Keith Richan walkway is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. 
  4. The Pine Ridge Hiking Trail located on the east side of the Ganaraska River from Barrett Street to Molson Street bridge

These areas, in addition to areas identified on May 1, 2017 will remain closed for public use until further notice. The public is strongly advised to avoid these areas for their own safety.

For more information contact:
Fire Chief C. Ryan Edgar
Director of Fire & Emergency Services Department / CEMC
Municipality of Port Hope
(905) 753-2230
credgar@porthope.ca

Jim McCormack
Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture
Municipality of Port Hope
(905) 885-8760
jmccormack@porthope.ca