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This statement is valid until Thursday, April 10, 2014

Water levels in the Moira River are rising quickly and will continue to rise for several days. Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “The recent rain is making its way through the system. Warmer temperatures in the forecast will add more melt to our river systems.”

Keene adds, “The Moira River is beginning to overspill its banks in many areas and low lying areas will be flooded. There is still a risk of ice jams and we’ve had a report of ice jamming in Actinolite. Lake ice is still present in many area lakes such as Stoco, Moira, Deerock and Skootamatta.”

The southern portions of the Salmon and Napanee Rivers have crested but upper regions could still experience some increasing levels.

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 will see increasing flooding around their homes through to the weekend.

Keene says, “Waterways in Prince Edward County have crested and will likely crest again mid-week following the rain. Consecon Creek continues to rise. There have been no reports of flooding in the county.”

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 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.

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:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125


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