Carousel closed due to flooding at Lakeside Park

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City of St. Catharines press release – The Lakeside Park Carousel has been closed again until further notice due to high water levels.

High water levels returned to the park on Tuesday, Aug. 6/2019, evening due to significant rainfall, as well as waves and storm surge as a result of the inclement weather. The City closed the carousel, which had just opened for the season on Aug. 3 due to the record high Lake Ontario water levels, and will be conducting an assessment when water levels allow staff to access the carousel safely. There is no timeline for the reopening of the carousel at this point.

“With the higher than average lake levels and the intense rainfall overwhelming the system, it resulted in flooding in the park. We are working to protect the carousel and are conducting a complete assessment before we can reopen it,” said Darrell Smith, director of Municipal Works. “It’s not just the static water level of the lake that can cause issues. With more active weather, like the intensity of Tuesday’s rainfall event, we see damages or impacts in terms of safety.”

High water levels continue to still impact other parts of Lakeside Park. The east Port Dalhousie pier and the Lakeside Park Beach remain temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

Tuesday’s storms also downed trees and caused flooding in some areas of the City. Crews continue to respond to issues stemming from the active weather. Residents can report flooding, water on roads, drainage issues, downed trees and limbs, and other blockages by calling Citizens First at 905.688.5600 or by emailing citizensfirst@stcatharines.ca.

With more precipitation in the forecast over the next 36 hours, City crews are cleaning and cleaning ditches, sewers, and culverts to keep water moving. If residents can do so safely, they are encouraged to assist by removing debris from ditches and culverts near their property.

Basement flooding

With the increase in the rain comes the potential for basements to flood. Here are some tips homeowners should follow to protect their homes:

  • Remove debris from downspouts and point them away from the foundation wall, ideally onto the lawn or garden.
  • Disconnect downspouts and sump pumps from the sanitary sewer system. During heavy rain, water discharged into the sanitary sewer from downspouts and sump pumps can overwhelm sewers, increasing the possibility of a sewer backup.
  • Don’t put kitchen waste, grease and oils down the sink as they can clog the sanitary sewer.
  • Seal cracks or openings in walls, floors, windows, foundations and window wells.
  • Ensure the grading around your home slopes away from the foundation wall.
  • Ensure your sump pump is properly working.

It’s not always easy to determine the cause of a flooded basement. When residents do experience basement flooding they should check their sinks and toilets for blockages and clear out if possible. If this doesn’t help, call 905.688.5600 to report basement flooding to the City and call insurance providers as soon as possible.

For more tips on preventing basement flooding visit www.stcatharines.ca/Basement.