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April 1, 2014 - WATER SAFETY STATEMENT

This statement is valid until Monday, April 7, 2014

Moderate temperatures and a forecast with very little rain for this week have reduced the risk of flooding and ice jams on Quinte’s waterways. Quinte Conservation Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “With the weather we are having now conditions are perfect for a slow and easy melt over the next few days. Ice is melting in place and we have had no reports of ice jams.”

Quinte Conservation issued a Flood Outlook Statement last Thursday as the temperatures were rising and there was concern that ice jams would form. Keene adds, “If the current weather pattern continues and we don’t receive any rain our rivers are in good shape to easily handle the melt.”

Keene predicts the melt will last some time and flows in local waterways will steadily increase through April.

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 Water Safety 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. More information is available at: www.quinteconservation.ca. This message is valid until Monday, April 7, 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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