‘Lake surge activity’ prompts flooding concerns in Bowmanville on Sunday

durhamregion.com

Clarington – Firefighters and municipal workers were on site in the Cedar Crest Beach area of Bowmanville Sunday afternoon, as lake surge activity renewed concerns about flooding.

The Municipality of Clarington says “strong easterly winds” caused water to surge, as Lake Ontario’s levels remained at an all-time high.

Crews on site May 21 were using sandbags to build more protective walls and helping residents to pump out water from nearby homes.

The Red Cross has been called in to assist residents who need it, and Durham Regional Police was on site to direct traffic and keep onlookers away.

The municipality is asking anyone who does not live in the area to stay clear and not block the roads.

Residents of Cedar Crest Beach Road have spent recent weeks struggling with flood risks related to high waves, rising water from the lake and heavy rain earlier in May.

Residents, volunteers, Clarington firefighters and municipal operations staff have been working together to protect area properties.

Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority issued a flood warning May 9 for the Lake Ontario shoreline.

According to the CLOCA advisory, the lake had reached “critical levels, 75 cm above normal.”

The Municipality of Clarington will issue updates through www.clarington.net and social media, as needed.