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Flood warning for Moira, Salmon and Napanee Watersheds

Rainfall in the Moira, Salmon and Napanee River watersheds has caused water levels to rise again. Water levels will remain high for the next week.

Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “The rain we are experiencing now is causing lake and river water levels to rise again.  Overnight rainfall Monday and the present downpour are contributing to rising levels in the headwater areas and this water still has to pass downstream.  As we reported yesterday, precipitation has caused water levels on the northern Moira River tributaries, the Black and Skootamatta Rivers to rise again and that water will continue to flow downstream causing water levels to rise further in areas already flooded. Water levels on area lakes, including Stoco and Moira Lakes rose several centimetres overnight and will continue to rise in response to this rain.  Water levels in flooded areas including Foxboro and Corbyville in the City of Belleville and the vicinity of Stoco Lake in the Municipality of Tweed are expected to continue to rise slowly and stay high for a week.”

Water levels on Stoco Lake are rising and approaching historic flood levels.

Water levels in the Foxboro and Corbyville area of the City of Belleville are expected to rise at least several more centimetres above the current water levels in response to the rain. Water levels will remain high throughout the week.

The Moira River at Highway 7 is rising.

The Salmon River at Tamworth is still rising slowly.

The Napanee River is rising again and is approaching the highest levels since the 1976 record.

Depot Creek, a tributary to the Napanee River, is rising slowly.

The Skootamatta and Black Rivers are rising again in response to rain received the past three days.

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 Wednesday, April 16, 2014.