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May 18, 2017 - FLOOD WARNING REMAINS FOR BAY OF QUINTE AND LAKE ONTARIO

Flood Warning

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

A Flood Warning remains in effect for shorelines on the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario in the Quinte Conservation watersheds.  Based on the best available information from the federal government it appears Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte may peak within a week.  Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “As long as there is minimal rainfall we could see a peak on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte in the next several days.  Unfortunately this does not mean immediate relief for those on the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte.  We could still see increasing water levels of up to 30 centimetres on shorelines due to winds and wave action.  Once the levels do peak it will still take some time for them to recede as they gradually decline over the summer and into the fall.”

McClure adds, “We have been receiving many reports of carp making their way into the floodwaters.  It is natural for them to spawn in shallow, warm water this time of year.  Our staff will not be making any rescue attempts for the carp.”

Pedestrians and cyclists should take care during flooding conditions.  Floodwater may be deeper and faster flowing than it appears and often contains hidden snags and debris.  Parents and caregivers should keep children well away from floodwaters.  They are not safe for wading.

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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