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April 3, 2016 - FLOOD WARNING ISSUED

Water Safety Statement

This statement is valid until Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Quinte Conservation has issued a Flood Warning due to high flows and water levels in local rivers. Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “In the Moira River system the flows in the northern region, such as Actinolite and Tweed, have peaked. The Moira River at Foxboro should peak in the next couple of days. The Napanee and Salmon Rivers are approaching their peaks and will remain high for an extended period of time.”

McClure adds, “Residents who regularly experience spring flooding should be prepared. There is the potential for low lying areas to be flooded and some structures could also be flooded. Those in flood prone areas may experience basement flooding. Some roads may be affected by flooding. The flooding will not be as severe as it was in 2008 and 2014.”

Peak flows for the Moira River at Foxboro could reach up to 235 cubic metres per second. The peak flow in 2014 was 316 cubic metres per second.

Quinte Conservation staff will be monitoring conditions closely. The public can keep up to date on flooding information by following @quinteca on Twitter.

Quinte Conservation reminds residents to be extremely cautious about changing conditions along rivers, creeks, and streams. Stream banks will be slippery and treacherous. Dams and other water control structures should be avoided at all times due to strong currents. Even water in ditches and near culverts can be dangerous.

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

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.

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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