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April 14, 2014 - FLOOD WARNING UPDATE FOR MOIRA, SALMON, AND NAPANEE WATERSHEDS

Residents along the Moira, Salmon and Napanee Rivers can expect water levels to remain the same or rise slightly over the next week.

Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “We had rainfall overnight Sunday in the northern areas of the Moira watershed, with 50 millimetres of rain measured at our gauge on the Moira River at Highway 7. Other gauges measured 10 millimetres of rain or less. This rainfall has caused water levels on the northern Moira River tributaries, the Black and Skootamatta Rivers, to rise again, and that water will now flow downstream keeping water levels high in the flooded areas. Water levels in the hardest hit areas of Foxboro and Corbyville in the City of Belleville and the vicinity of Stoco Lake in the Municipality of Tweed are expected to rise slightly and stay high for a week. Forecasts are calling for up to 30 millimetres of rain and possible thunderstorms in our region over the next two days and this means water levels will continue to rise marginally.”

Water levels on the Moira River from Stoco Lake through to Foxboro and Belleville will remain high right through to early next week.

Water levels in the Foxboro and Corbyville area of the City of Belleville are expected to rise no more than a few centimetres above the current water levels in response to the rain. Water levels will remain high throughout the week.

The Moira River at Highway 7 is rising.

The Salmon River at Tamworth is still rising slowly.

The Napanee River is cresting today and may rise again in response to forecast rain.

Depot Creek, a tributary to the Napanee River, is rising slowly.

The Skootamatta and Black Rivers are rising again in response to rain received overnight Sunday.

Moira Lake and Stoco Lake rose 1 centimetre overnight Sunday to Monday morning and are expected to rise a few centimetres more.

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.

Quinte Conservation staff are monitoring conditions closely.  Anyone concerned about flooding 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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