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Heavy downpours cause localized flooding

UPDATE AUG 8 – Unforecasted heavy downpours Wednesday caused unexpected localized flooding on roadways, low-lying areas, and on small creeks and streams.

There were reports of roadway flooding around the Hwy 401 corridor.

More rain forecast for overnight and into Thursday could cause nuisance flooding in some areas.

Low water conditions throughout the region

AUG 4 – Despite a period of torrential rain in some areas of the County, Friday, the localized storms have caused variable conditions throughout the Quinte region and minimal amounts of rain have occurred over portions of area during the last couple of weeks.

Due to the localized weather conditions, groundwater levels in some areas are comparable to those seen in the 2012 and 2016 droughts while others remain closer to normal conditions.

“The recent rain has not been enough to help our current low water conditions,” said Lynette Lambert, Quinte Conservation Watershed Monitoring Co-ordintor. “Flows in the Moira, Skootamatta, Black and Salmon Rivers as well as in the Prince Edward Region continue to be low and we need a significant amount of rain to change that. The Napanee Region has received localized rain storms, helping to relieve some of the low water stress.”

Quinte Conservation issued a Level 1 Low Water Condition for the Quinte watersheds on July 20.

“We are asking residents and businesses of the region to continue to reduce water usage by 10 per cent until the supply is replenished. This includes the outside watering of plants and lawns, and washing driveways and sidewalks. Tips for water conservation can be found on our website.”

Quinte Conservation encourages residents experiencing low water to report their conditions using an online form. The form can be found on the main page of the Quinte Conservation website, along with tips for water conservation, at www.QuinteConservation.ca.

More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca.

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