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May 11, 2017 - FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR BAY OF QUINTE & LAKE ONTARIO, REMOVED FOR RIVERS

Flood Warning

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Friday, May 19, 2017.

A Flood Warning remains in effect for shorelines on the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario in the Quinte Conservation watersheds, but has been removed for the Moira, Napanee, and Salmon Rivers. General Manager Terry Murphy says, “Water levels on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte will continue to rise for the next several weeks. We can’t predict how high the water will get. Typically Lake Ontario peaks in mid-June or early July. Once that peak happens it will take time for the water levels to slowly recede. Unfortunately, people along the shorelines of the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario in our area may be dealing with high water levels for some time to come.”

Residents living in low lying, floodplain areas are reminded that septic systems and drinking water supplies may be compromised in flooded areas and should contact the Health Unit if they are concerned. Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies. Residents requiring assistance should contact their local municipality.

Quinte Conservation is urging the public to exercise caution around all watercourses due to strong currents and cold water temperatures. Stream banks may be slippery and treacherous. Dams and other water control structures should be avoided at all times.

Quinte Conservation staff will be monitoring conditions closely.

A Flood Warning means 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.

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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