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February 25, 2015 - WATER SAFETY STATEMENT

Water Safety Statement

This statement is valid until Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Recent rainfall has caused water levels to rise and increased flows in local rivers and streams in the Quinte Conservation watershed.

Quinte Conservation Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “There may be some nuisance flooding of low-lying areas, but no serious flooding is expected. Residents should take care to monitor their sump pumps and ensure they are in good condition during this type of weather because of local ponding water. Homeowners should clear snow, ice and debris from storm drains, ditch inlets, eaves troughs and sump pump lines to minimize the pooling of water in low-lying areas.”

Quinte Conservation reminds residents to be extremely cautious about changing ice conditions. The changing flows can create unsafe ice conditions. Parents and guardians are urged to keep children off the ice as it will likely become unstable. Stream banks will be slippery and treacherous. Dams and other water control structures should be avoided at all times due to strong currents. Hypothermia is real concern for anyone who falls into the water, even in a ditch or small creek.

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

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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