News & Notices
The Quinte Conservation Watershed received less than the anticipated rainfall of 65 mm over the Easter weekend. Just over 15 mm of rainfall was recorded in the southern portions of the watershed. A high of 30 mm was recorded at the rain gauge on Hwy 7 near Deloro, along with 40 mm being recorded in the northern regions, including, at the Depot Lakes near Verona. The Town of Bancroft, just north of the Quinte Watershed received almost 60 mm of rainfall. The rainfall experienced in Bancroft will not impact flows in the Quinte watershed as the York River drains to the Ottawa River.
It is expected that rivers in the northern region of the Moira and the Salmon watersheds will approach 2014 flood levels.
Stoco Lake is approaching a one in one hundred year return period flood (this is the regulatory flood for the Quinte Conservation Watershed that has a one per cent probability of occurring in any given year). Lake levels are not expected to exceed 2014 levels.
Beaver Lake in the Napanee Region Watershed is approaching a one in one hundred year flood and 2014 water levels.
The Moira River, downstream of Stoco Lake, and the Napanee River, will not surpass 2014 flood levels; however, the rain anticipated for April 23rd will extend water level peak times on these rivers.
Moira Lake levels will be well below 2014 highs.
It is expected that Foxboro will not surpass a one in ten year flood. Properties that normally flood will. Residents are advised to take the necessary precautions to protect their property.
Localized road washouts have been reported throughout the Quinte Watershed. Residents are recommended to check in with their municipalities and to obey all road closures and signs.
Lake Ontario could rise approximately 20 cm over the next two weeks. High winds during periods of elevated lake levels could cause shoreline erosion.
The public is reminded that Quinte Conservation does not provide sandbags to residents. If you require sandbags, contact your local municipality or hardware store.
Staff will continue to monitor conditions and will provide an update if forecasts and conditions change. For current water levels or to report any observations of flooding, residents are encouraged to visit QuinteConservation.ca.
A Flood Warning statement notifies that 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. This message will be in effect until (or updated if anything significant changes before) Monday, April 29, 2019.
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.
For more information contact:
Christine McClure, Water Resources Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 130 OR (613) 354-3312 ext. 130