Quinte Conservation has issued a Flood Outlook Statement for the Moira, Napanee, and Prince Edward Watersheds. General Manager Terry Murphy says, “With the rain we have received and what is in the forecast we can expect that smaller creeks and streams may overspill their banks. Larger rivers should be able to handle the rain with no major impacts. Properties that usually get wet in the spring may already be wet, or could expect water to encroach on their lawn. There may be some nuisance flooding of low lying lands.”
Murphy adds, “Residents should take care to monitor their sump pumps and ensure they are in good condition during this type of weather because of local ponding water. Lake levels across the region may rise and those with shoreline properties should take care to secure their personal property such as boats and docks.”
Quinte Conservation staff will be monitoring conditions closely and encourages residents to be extremely cautious about changing conditions along rivers, creeks, and streams. Parents and caregivers should remind children that stream banks will be slippery and treacherous. Dams and other water control structures should be avoided at all times due to strong currents. Even water in ditches can be dangerous.
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, April 11, 2017.