Flood Alert for Water Safety Statement

September 27, 2021

A widespread large rain event that occurred late last week brought, on average, 70 mm of precipitation to the Quinte region Watersheds. Some regions north of HWY 7, in particular the Black River watershed, received over 130 mm of rain. This significant rainfall resulted in a rapid rise in flows in the Black River, and to a lesser extent the Upper Moira, and Skootamatta Rivers.

All lakes and rivers in the upper Moira watershed reached their peak over the weekend and are starting to decline (except for Moira Lake, which is expected to peak today). Low, end of season lake levels helped to absorb and retain rainfall, dampening river flows. Lake levels will continue to decline, however, at a much slower rate than rivers. Anticipated rainfall for both short- and long-term forecasts are insufficient to cause concern.

Quinte Conservation did not operate any dams during this event, which aided in lakes holding water back. Staff will continue to monitor lake level status, and anticipates the fall draw down dam operations to commence on, or after, October 12th as scheduled.

Even though lake and river levels continue to decline, and flooding and property damage are not a concern, the public is reminded to be cautious and advised to stay away from open and fast flowing water, culverts, dams, and banks.

Residents are reminded to make sure their sump pumps are in good working condition and to 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.

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