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April 8, 2014 - FLOOD WARNING FOR SALMON AND NAPANEE RIVERS; FLOOD WATCH FOR MOIRA RIVER

This statement is valid until Thursday, April 10, 2014

Due to recent rain water levels in the Napanee and Salmon Rivers have risen quickly and Quinte Conservation is issuing a Flood Warning for these areas. Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “Water levels in the Napanee and Salmon Rivers are cresting and will continue to go up over the next couple of days. We are advising local municipalities and residents along these rivers to be aware of changing conditions.”

A Flood Warning means flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.

Areas in Moira River watershed and in Prince Edward County remain under a Flood Watch. 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.

Most of the watershed has received 25 millimeters of rain. More rain is forecast for Thursday.

Milder temperatures, snow melt and rain could cause some localized or nuisance flooding of smaller creeks and in ditches in the Moira River watershed. 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 water equivalent in the 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.

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

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