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Five days of rain is potential for flooding

Quinte Conservation warns that forecast heavy rain for the next five days means potential for some flooding in low-lying areas and along local lakeshores.

“Due to the recent spring rains lake levels are higher than normal for this time of year,” says Bryon Keene, Quinte Conservation water resources manager. “If the forecasts for precipitation are correct, we could see up to 10 centimeters of rain in the next five days, some of which may come from thunderstorms.  Area lake water levels could rise further and residents along the waterfront should keep an eye on their docks and property near the water.”

Quinte Conservation staff will be keeping a close watch on lake levels and may perform dam operations as needed to reduce high water levels.  Residents downstream of lake dams should also be prepared for changing water conditions if dam operations are performed.

High water levels have delayed the installation of seasonal dams controlling Stoco Lake, Moira Lake and the Kingsford Conservation Area located beside the Salmon River two kilometers west of Kingsford on Blessington Road.

The public is urged to exercise caution around all watercourses due to strong currents. Stream banks may be slippery and treacherous.  Dams and other water control structures should be avoided at all times.

Anyone concerned about water levels may call Quinte Conservation at 613-968-3434.  Quinte Conservation monitors water levels and weather forecasts as part of the agency’s flood forecasting and warning program.
Quinte Conservation’s area of concern includes the drainage basins of the Moira, Salmon and Napanee Rivers and their tributaries, and all of Prince Edward County.

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