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April 16, 2014 - FLOOD WARNING UPDATE FOR MOIRA, SALMON, AND NAPANEE WATERSHEDS

The Flood Warning remains in effect for the Moira, Salmon and Napanee River watersheds.

Water levels on northern Moira River tributaries peaked Wednesday morning. However, the cold temperatures will likely prolong the peak flows. Water levels in downstream flooded areas will continue to rise slowly for up to two days as the peak water level moves through.  Water will remain above flood stage for six to eight days before receding to normal spring levels.

Water levels in Foxboro and Corbyville in the City of Belleville are expected to rise another 10 centimetres before the peak moves through as late as Friday.

Water levels on Moira Lake in the Municipality of Centre Hastings rose 11 centimetres in the last 24 hours and are expected to crest late Wednesday/early Thursday.

Water levels on Stoco Lake in the Municipality of Tweed rose 13 centimetres in the last 24 hours and are expected to crest late Thursday/early Friday.

Water levels on Beaver Lake in the Salmon River Watershed rose 11 centimetres in the last 24 hours. The Salmon River at Tamworth and at Shannonville is steady.

Water levels on the Napanee River from Camden East to Napanee are steady. Howes Lake in the Napanee River watershed has increased 3 centimetres in the last 24 hours.

The Napanee River has exceeded 1976 levels.

Depot Creek, a tributary to the Napanee River, is expected to begin receding late Wednesday.

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. States of emergency have been declared in the City of Belleville, Municipality of Tweed, Municipality of Centre Hastings and the Township of Stone Mills.

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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