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April 23, 2014 - FLOOD SITUATION UPDATE FOR MOIRA, SALMON, AND NAPANEE WATERSHEDS

This statement is valid until Monday, April 28, 2014.

CONDITIONS IN SALMON AND NAPANEE RIVER WATERSHEDS DOWNGRADED TO WATER SAFETY STATEMENT

MOIRA RIVER WATERSHED DOWNGRADED TO FLOOD OUTLOOK

Quinte Conservation has downgraded the Flood Warning for the Salmon and Napanee River watersheds to a Water Safety statement. Quinte Conservation Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “Water levels are returning to normal spring conditions in the Salmon and Napanee River watersheds. Water is still flowing high and fast and people should take care near stream banks, dams, and culverts.”

Keene adds, “We have downgraded the Flood Warning in the Moira River watershed to a Flood Outlook. Water levels are declining, but have not reached normal spring runoff levels. There are still some people who have not been able to return to their homes because of flooding conditions. Quinte Conservation staff are still monitoring the situation and are closely watching weather forecasts. There is a small amount of rain predicted for the days ahead, but nothing that should make current conditions worse.”

All area lakes are declining rapidly and returning to more normal spring conditions.

A FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.

A WATER SAFEY STATEMENT 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 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 most recent water levels can be found on the website by clicking on “Water Management and Levels” and then looking for the “Water Levels” link on the right side of the page.

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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