Oakville urges residents to use caution around waterfront

Lake Ontario levels continue to rise with more rain expected this weekend

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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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Lake Ontario levels continue to rise and with more rain expected this weekend, the Town of Oakville is urging residents to use caution around Oakville and Bronte Harbours.

“It’s extremely important for residents to be very careful if they are near the lake when the levels are so high,” said Andy Glynn, deputy fire chief with the Oakville Fire Department. “In some areas the elevated water combined with wave activity and power boat wakes is eroding the shoreline and creating slippery and dangerous conditions.”

Staff continue to inspect the harbours as well as lakefront parks and trails on a daily basis and some areas remain cordoned off due to safety concerns. Large areas of both harbours have been sandbagged due to water overtopping seawalls and staff are ensuring that piers are closed when wind and waves may create unsafe conditions.
Lake levels are currently much higher than normal and will likely continue to rise over the next few days. This will cause flooding in nearby low lying areas along Lake Ontario.

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For the latest updates on closures as well as information about preparing for flooding, residents are encouraged to visit oakville.ca or follow the Town of Oakville on Twitter or Facebook.

If water threatens to flood structures or roadways, please contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or ServiceOakville@oakville.ca.

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