FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2019 (Correction update from June 13, 2019 release)
A series of storms are forecasted over the next several days and will bring wide spread precipitation to the region. The heaviest rainfall is expected over the Lake Erie Basin.
Strong south west winds causing waves 1 metre in height are expected into Saturday. There is a potential for storm surges during this time.
As of June 12, the average Lake Ontario water level was recorded at 75.91 metres and it has remained relatively stable over the past 7 days. This level is 3 cm above the 2017 peak and 1 cm below the highest 2019 water level.
Lake Ontario may rise slightly over the next few days as result of the forecasted rainfall and high inflow from Lake Erie.
There is a 50 per cent chance Lake Ontario will return to the same water level by the end of the week. Lake Ontario will remain near seasonal highs for several weeks.
Water levels are expected to slowly decline into the summer.
Lake Erie remains 10 cm above the record high for this time of the year. Lake Saint-Louis on the St. Lawrence River is at a record high for this time of year.
Outflows from Lake Ontario were increased today to 10,400 cubic metres per second. This is equivalent to the record high outflows recorded in 2017.
Flooding and other high water impacts have been reported from areas of Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River during periods of strong winds.
Shoreline residents are advised to either secure or remove loose items from their properties where there is a risk of encroaching flood water. Sandbags can be effective in protecting residences. Sandbags are not intended to protect accessory buildings. For more information on shoreline protection, contact the Quinte Conservation office and speak with expert staff in the planning and regulations department.
Boaters need to be cautious of floating debris and should take proper safety precautions when out on the water. Boaters should reduce speeds and wakes when boating along shorelines to reduce the localized flooding and erosion.

It is important that the public never wade through or play in flood water as it is extremely unsafe. Flood water can be contaminated with septic and hazardous debris.
Residents concerned that their shoreline well or septic has been compromised, should contact their local health unit. Do not drink the water and find an alternative water source to use. This message does not apply to municipal drinking water systems.
Residents are advised to obey any posted road closure signs and to check with their municipality for updates on road closures and boat launch closures.
Staff will continue to monitor conditions and will provide an update if forecasts and conditions change. For current water levels or to report any observations of flooding, residents are encouraged to visit
A FLOOD WARNING statement indicates that flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.
This message will be in effect until (or updated if anything significant changes before) Friday, June 21 2019.