November 2, 2017
Over the past week the Quinte Conservation Watershed received over 70mm of rainfall, Quinte
Conservation Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “All this rain has elevated stream flows
and has saturated the ground, which means that any heavy rainfall received today and over the next few
days may cause localized flooding of ditches, small creeks, and low lying areas.”
McClure adds, “Residents can take steps to protect properties by ensuring sump pumps are in working
order and that eavestroughs and roadway gutters are free of leaves and debris.”
No flooding is expected on large river systems.
Lake Ontario water levels have declined since the lake peaked at the end of May; however, lake levels
are still slightly above normal for this time of year. Strong wind and wave action may continue to cause
erosion on shoreline properties.
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT: This is a general notice of potential flooding or other conditions
that pose a safety risk. There are two kinds of statements:
- a WATER SAFEY STATEMENT indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could
be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.
- 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) Tuesday, November 7, 2017.