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Jul. 21, 2019 | Sunday
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Sandbags available as water level rises
Sandbags are available for residents if needed, stored at lots on the corner of Ball Street and Rover Beach Drive, River Beach Drive and Nelson Street parking lots. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

The town is making sandbags available to residents in areas at risk of flooding from rising waters and spring rain.

Sandbags will be stored at the corner of Ball Street and River Beach Drive, and the River Beach Drive and Nelson Street parking lots by today, May 2, according to an information report to council. Residents in the dock area will receive notices.

After encountering record high water levels in Lake Ontario in 2017, town operations staff have been monitoring critical locations in the dock area in an attempt to be ready to deal with potential flooding.

In a report dated April 24, critical areas were listed as the Ball Street storm sewer, with water at 0.16 metres above lake level, the Ricardo Street storm sewer at 0.31 metres, and the Melville Street storm sewer, at 0.45 metres.

Water levels are being monitored by the town staff to mitigate potential damage to residential property and town infrastructure – and to ensure public safety.

The information report said the town has rented a portable pump, with two more on standby. Preventive testing of backflow devices, which were installed in 2018 in the storm system, will continue over the next few days.

Ball’s Beach Park is closed temporarily for safety reasons.

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