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October 27, 2015 - WATER SAFETY STATEMENT

This statement is valid until Friday, October 30, 2015.

Rainfall predicted for tomorrow could mean changing water levels locally. Planning and Regulations Manager Paul McCoy says, “We could get between 25 and 40 millimeters of rain starting in the early hours tomorrow. Larger local river systems are at normal conditions and should be able to take in this amount of rain. Smaller creeks and streams may respond more quickly. Residents along local waterways should be aware of changing water levels.”

McCoy adds, “Strong and gusty winds are also predicted which could cause high waves along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Residents should keep a close watch on local conditions and keep up to date on weather forecasts and warnings.”

Quinte Conservation is issuing a Water Safety Statement regarding the changing conditions. A Water Safety 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.

Municipalities and the public should be aware that nuisance flooding is possible in urban areas where storm drains may not be able to handle runoff during heavy downpours or become clogged with leaves.

Residents should take care to monitor their sump pumps and ensure they are in good condition and may want to clear gutters and downspouts of leaves.

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

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 and weather forecasts 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.

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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