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December 29, 2022


Quinte Conservation is extending the December 21, 2022, Water Safety Statement due to above freezing temperatures and forecasted rain. The above normal temperatures will produce sustained melting conditions. Forecasted rain in the amounts of 20-30 mm will accelerate the melt of the existing snowpack and will create additional runoff into watercourses.

Runoff from rain and snow melt will create a quick rise in water levels on major creeks and rivers; however, they are not forecasted to over top their banks at this time. Nuisance flooding is likely to occur around small watercourses, urban areas, and ditches. Large river systems and inland lakes are not expected to flood at this time.

Unstable ice conditions are expected due to warm temperatures, significant rains, and higher flows. The public is advised to exercise extreme caution when near rivers and waterbodies and to stay away from open and fast flowing water, culverts, dams, ice covered water, and banks. During the period of this advisory, all ice surfaces should be considered dangerous and should be avoided.

Residents in flood prone or low-lying areas are reminded to take the necessary precautions to protect their property. Please ensure sump pumps are in good working condition and to have easy access to a portable backup generator and pump. Help reduce ponding by keeping ditches, culverts, and storm drains clear from obstructions.

Staff will continue to monitor conditions. For current water levels or to report changes in water levels, residents are encouraged to visit QuinteConservation.ca.

A WATER SAFETY 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.

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) January 10, 2023

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:
Dave Eastcott, Water Resources Technologist
(613) 968-3434 ext. 126 OR (613) 354-3312 ext. 126