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April 7, 2014 - FLOOD WATCH

This statement is valid until Friday, April 11, 2014

Forecast rain for the next few days will cause local rivers and creeks to flow faster and higher. Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “We still have a lot of snow in the northern parts of our watershed. There is a risk that the smaller creeks and streams may overspill their banks.”

Keene adds, “Larger river systems have been rising slowly from the snow melt. Heavy rain in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow, along with a warming trend, could cause them to overspill their banks toward the end of the week. Water levels could reach average or above average for spring melt conditions. Ice conditions in the area are extremely unsafe. We are advising local municipalities and watershed residents to be aware of changing conditions.”

Milder temperatures, snow melt and rain could cause some localized or nuisance flooding of smaller creeks and in ditches in Quinte Conservation’s watersheds. Homeowners in low-lying areas downstream of Stoco Lake, in Foxboro, Plainfield and Carleton Cove could see ponding water and backyard flooding toward the end of the week. Waterways in Prince Edward County have crested and will crest again mid-week following the rain. Homeowners in flood-prone areas should make sure that their valuables are high and dry and sump pumps are in working order.

Most of the snow in the southern portion of the watershed has melted. The last snow report, completed on March 31, shows that there is still about 150 millimeters of snow in the north. The snow melt will continue to feed rivers well into next week and flows in local waterways will steadily increase through to mid-April.

Quinte Conservation staff are monitoring conditions closely. Anyone concerned about flooding or ice jams may call the Quinte Conservation office twenty-four hours a day and follow the prompts to report any flooding. The numbers to call are (613) 968-3434 or (613) 354-3312.

Quinte Conservation monitors water levels, weather forecasts and ice and snow conditions carefully as part of the agency’s flood forecasting and warning program. Quinte Conservation’s area of concern includes all of Prince Edward County and the drainage basins of the Moira, Salmon and Napanee Rivers and their tributaries. The public can keep up to date on flooding information by visiting www.quinteconservation.ca or following @quinteca on Twitter.

The public is urged to stay away from all waterways as unstable ice, slippery stream banks and frigid open water conditions are extremely dangerous. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times.

A Flood Watch notifies that the potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.

For more information:
Bryon Keene
Bryon Keene
Water Resources Manager
(613) 968 - 3434 ext. 113
(613) 354 - 3312 ext. 113

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