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May 1, 2017 - FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT FOR ALL QUINTE CONSERVATION WATERSHEDS

Flood Outlook Statement

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Quinte Conservation has issued a Flood Outlook Statement for all residents in the Moira River, Napanee Region, and Prince Edward Region watersheds with special attention to those on the shorelines of the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario. Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “We are expecting up to 20 millimetres of rain overnight and then high winds tomorrow. Larger rivers should be able to handle the rain, but residents can expect some ponding of water in low lying areas.”

McClure adds, “These high water levels, combined with high winds and waves, may cause damage to shorelines and shoreline infrastructure. It is likely that these high water levels on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte will continue for the next few weeks.”

The federal government monitors Lake Ontario water levels and predicts that water levels on the lake could rise another 15 centimetres between now and early June.

Quinte Conservation advises that residents should secure their personal property such as boats and docks or any other loose items along the shoreline as well as monitor their sump pumps and ensure they are in good condition. Quinte Conservation staff will be monitoring conditions closely and encourages residents to be extremely cautious about changing conditions along rivers, creeks, and streams. Parents and caregivers should remind children that stream banks will be slippery and treacherous. Dams and other water control structures should be avoided at all times due to strong currents.

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.

Shoreline residents are reminded that any work near the water may require a permit from Quinte Conservation and should call the office or visit the website for more information. Quinte Conservation staff can provide advice on shoreline protection.

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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