Flood Warning Update for Moira, Salmon and Napanee Watersheds

Apr 13, 2014

Flows in the Moira River have reached 2008 levels.  Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “The Moira River from Stoco Lake through to Foxboro and Belleville is still rising and could rise up to 5 more centimeters in total over the next two days.  We did not receive a significant amount of rain overnight.  If we receive a small amount of rain today and tomorrow it means our water levels will stay in the same range for the next few days.  We are keeping an eye on the forecast for rain and will issue another notice if a lot of rain falls.  A large amount of rain at and just north of Highway 7 would cause our current river conditions to change.” 

The current rainfall warnings do not include the Quinte area.  Keene explains, “Bancroft is currently under a rain warning.  Rainfall in Bancroft does not affect Quinte’s river systems.  Bancroft’s York River drains in a west to east direction moving toward the Ottawa River.  Our river systems drain from north of Highway 7 to the south and the Bay of Quinte.”

The Moira River at Highway 7 is stable.

The Napanee River and the Salmon River at Tamworth are still rising.

Depot Creek is rising slowly.

The Clare River continues to rise slowly.

The Skootamatta and Black Rivers crested yesterday.

Moira Lake and Stoco Lake are levelling off.

A Flood Warning means 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.

Residents who are concerned that their homes may require sandbagging should contact their municipality.

Quinte Conservation staff are monitoring conditions closely.  Anyone concerned about flooding 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.  More information is available at: www.quinteconservation.ca

This message is valid until Monday, April 14, 2014.

For more information contact:

Jennifer May-Anderson

Communications Manager

(613) 968-3434 ext. 125 or (613) 354-3312 ext. 125

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