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March 27, 2014 - FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT

This statement is valid until Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

The unusually cold temperatures we have been experiencing are expected to break on Friday with near normal temperatures through the end of next week. “Warmer temperatures, along with forecast rain, could cause ice jams in the southern parts of the Quinte watersheds” says Bryon Keene, Water Resources Manager.

Keene adds, “We predict that river flows may increase and the thicker than normal ice cover could be broken up and cause ice jams where rivers narrow. Smaller creeks in the southern Quinte area particularly in Prince Edward County, Deseronto, Napanee, and Belleville will respond more quickly to the warm temperatures and rain and will be at a higher risk to ice jams.”

Keene recommends that waterfront property owners make sure that any valuables in their yard are placed in a high and dry location.

Quinte Conservation staff are monitoring conditions closely. Anyone concerned about flooding or ice jams may call the Quinte Conservation office twenty-four hours a day and follow the prompts to report any flooding. The numbers to call are (613) 968-3434 or (613) 354-3312.

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 all of Prince Edward County and the drainage basins of the Moira, Salmon and Napanee Rivers and their tributaries. The public can keep up to date on flooding information by visiting www.quinteconservation.ca or following @quinteca on Twitter.

The public is urged to stay away from all waterways as unstable ice, slippery stream banks and frigid open water conditions are extremely dangerous. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times.

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, ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.  This message is in effect until Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

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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