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December 13, 2013 - WATER SAFETY STATEMENT

Cold temperatures and wind chill forecast for the weekend are creating ideal conditions for frazil ice formation on local waterways. Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “The cold weather means we could see frazil ice building up in our local rivers, creeks and streams. We don’t expect any flooding or high water conditions over the weekend. Depending on the weather, that could change next week.”

Frazil ice is slush ice that is formed in turbulent, open water on rivers during extreme cold. It can collect under ice sheets or adhere to bridge abutments or any natural materials under the water causing a river to overspill its banks.

Keene adds, “Quinte Conservation staff will be monitoring conditions all weekend.”

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 personnel are monitoring water levels and changing watershed conditions closely. Anyone concerned about water levels may call Quinte Conservation at (613) 968-3434. Quinte Conservation monitors water levels, weather forecasts, and ice and snow conditions carefully as part of the agency’s flood forecasting and warning program. Quinte Conservation’s area of concern includes the drainage basins of the Moira, Salmon and Napanee Rivers and their tributaries, and all of Prince Edward County.

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.

For more information:
Bryon Keene
Bryon Keene
Water Resources Manager
(613) 968 - 3434 ext. 113
(613) 354 - 3312 ext. 113

 

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