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March 24, 2015 - FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT

This statement is valid until Monday, March 30, 2015.

Quinte Conservation has issued a Flood Outlook Statement concerning the risk of ice jamming. Staff have noticed some ice buildup in places within the watershed. Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “Ice is beginning to break up on our local waterways. The higher temperatures forecast for the next few days will promote some snow and ice melt which will cause increased flows in our rivers and streams. Currently in our watershed the flows are below normal for this time of year. Based on current forecasts, over the next week flows are not expected to rise significantly. The ice left on the rivers can sometimes pile up in a location and create an ‘ice jam’. As a result, water may back up behind the jam and could cause flooding until the jam weakens and the water forces a path through it.”

Keene explains, “Ice jams tend to form in places where the river is shallow, or where it goes through twists and turns. Flooding can occur even at relatively low flows. Jams can set up in minutes, so there may be little or no time to issue warnings.”

Quinte Conservation staff will be monitoring conditions closely.

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.

The public is urged to stay away from all waterways as unstable ice, slippery stream banks and frigid open water conditions can be extremely dangerous. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times.

Residents should take care to monitor their sump pumps and ensure they are in good condition.

The Flood Outlook Statement will be in effect until Monday, March 30, 2015.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

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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