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April 11, 2014 - FLOOD WARNING UPDATE; PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY NOW IN WATER SAFETY STATEMENT

This statement is valid until Monday, April 14, 2014

Heavy rain in the forecast for the northern parts of the Quinte watersheds means rivers will stay high or get higher over the next few days. Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “Everything leveled off yesterday, however the warm weather in the north has caused increased melting and all waterways have increased in flow. We are getting calls from every area in our watershed, all lakes are full and will continue to rise and create problems over the weekend. The big concern at this time is the potential for up to 50 mm of rain in the northern part of our watershed, if that happens we could surpass 2008 levels. We have all staff involved and will continue all weekend.”

Keene adds, “The snow melt entering the river systems adds about 2 cm of water every day. What is going to melt over the next three days is enough to keep the rivers high. Any rain that is added will make things worse.”

The southern portions of the Salmon and Napanee Rivers have crested but could crest again depending on the rain received. Quinte Conservation staff may need to operate dams on the Depot Lakes systems, causing water levels in Depot Creek to rise.

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. Stoco Lake has been rising on average about 30 cm a day and Moira Lake has been rising on average about 15 cm a day.

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.

Residents who are concerned that their homes may require sandbagging should contact their municipality.

Prince Edward County has been downgraded to a Water Safety Statement. This level indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.

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

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