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High Water Updates From Quinte Conservation

A Flood Warning remains in effect for all areas in the Quinte Conservation watersheds, but things are looking up for those along the Moira, Napanee, and Salmon Rivers.  General Manager Terry Murphy says, “All of the major river systems in our watersheds have peaked overnight.  If we do not get any major rainfall residents should start to notice a continual drop in water levels on the rivers.  Unfortunately, this is not the same for those living on the shores of Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte.  Water levels on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte will continue to rise slowly for the next several weeks.”

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 living in low lying, floodplain areas are reminded that septic systems and drinking water supplies may be compromised in flooded areas and should contact the Health Unit if they are concerned.  Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.  Residents requiring assistance should contact their local municipality.

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 staff will be monitoring conditions closely. 

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Thursday, May 11, 2017.

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.