This statement is valid until Thursday, June 11, 2015.
Quinte Conservation has issued a Flood Outlook Statement. Between 20-30 millimeters (mm) of rain could fall in a swift-moving and intense rainfall this afternoon. Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “We have received between 40-50 millimeters of rain throughout the watershed over the last three days. This means the ground is saturated. Adding more rain into the system could lead to rapidly changing water levels in our area streams, rivers, and lakes.”
Keene adds, “Waterfront residents should be aware of the potential for rapidly rising water levels and take care for boats, docks and other items at the water’s edge. Residents should also take care to monitor their sump pumps and ensure they are in good condition. With a rapid rainfall over a short period of time there is also the risk of urban flooding.”
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 can keep up to date on flooding information by following @quinteca on Twitter.
The public is urged to stay away from all waterways as slippery stream banks and open water conditions can be extremely dangerous. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times.
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:
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125