FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 13, 2018
A substantial amount of rain combined with freezing rain and ice accumulation is expected to fall in the Quinte Watershed over the weekend and into the beginning of next week. Significant run-off is expected and excess rain may cause nuisance flooding and ponding in low-lying areas.
Lakes and rivers will see an increase in water levels, however flooding is not expected on these water systems.
General Manager Terry Murphy says, “Although residents along rivers and lakes will see an increase in water levels, flooding on major waterways is not expected.”
Murphy adds “Some low-lying areas may experience localized nuisance flooding and ponding. It is important that residents make sure their sump pumps are in good working condition.”
Residents are reminded to exercise extreme caution around waterbodies. River banks and shorelines can be very dangerous at this time of year. Areas around culverts, bridges, and dams should be avoided due to the potential increase in water levels arising from the predicted rainfall.
A Flood Outlook Statement gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Wednesday, April 18, 2018