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November 2, 2017 - FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT

Flood Outlook

FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT- LOCALIZED FLOODING MAY RESULT FROM HEAVY RAINFALL

Over the past week the Quinte Conservation Watershed received over 70mm of rainfall, Quinte Conservation Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “All this rain has elevated stream flows and has saturated the ground, which means that any heavy rainfall received today and over the next few days may cause localized flooding of ditches, small creeks, and low lying areas.”

McClure adds, “Residents can take steps to protect properties by ensuring sump pumps are in working order and that eavestroughs and roadway gutters are free of leaves and debris.”

No flooding is expected on large river systems.

Lake Ontario water levels have declined since the lake peaked at the end of May; however, lake levels are still slightly above normal for this time of year. Strong wind and wave action may continue to cause erosion on shoreline properties.

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT: This is a general notice of potential flooding or other conditions that pose a safety risk. There are two kinds of statements:

- a WATER SAFEY 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.
- 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.

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

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. More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca.

For more information contact: Christine McClure, Water Resources Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 130

NEWSROOMS PLEASE NOTE QUINTE CONSERVATION ISSUES DIFFERENT TYPES OF MESSAGES DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY OF THE SITUATION. PLEASE SEE BELOW:

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT: This is a general notice of potential flooding or other conditions that pose a safety risk. There are two kinds of statements:

  • a WATER SAFEY 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.
  • 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.

FLOOD WATCH: This level notifies that the potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
FLOOD WARNING: 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.

 

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