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January 3, 2018 - FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT

Flood Outlook

FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT - QUINTE CONSERVATION STAFF MONITORING
FRAZIL ICE

Quinte Conservation is issuing a Flood Outlook Statement for the potential of flooding due to frazil ice. Conditions are similar to those experienced in 2004 when frazil ice became a problem in the Salmon, Napanee, and Moira River systems. Quinte Conservation staff have been out monitoring frazil ice throughout the recent holiday and continue to do so as the extreme temperatures have made for ideal frazil ice conditions.

Quinte Conservation General Manager Terry Murphy says “We have locations on the Salmon, Napanee, and Moira river systems that can present problems with frazil ice.” Frazil ice is sticky, slushy ice that forms in fast flowing water in very cold temperatures, -18 and colder. Frazil ice can collect under ice sheets or adhere to bridge abutments or any natural materials under the water causing a river to overspill its banks.

Murphy adds “Quinte Conservation staff will continue to monitor conditions and if residents observe sudden increases in the water levels or ice conditions they should contact the Quinte Conservation office at 613-968-3434”.
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) Monday, January 8th, 2018.
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: Terry Murphy, General Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 103, CELL 613-391-4040

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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