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Flood outlook remains in effect

With warmer temperatures expected in the Quinte region later this week, Quinte Conservation continues its ‘flood outlook statement’ watching for snow melt and an increase in water flow which may cause nuisance flooding in some areas.

Residents are also reminded to be cautious around local waterways and to stay off all ice covered water bodies as conditions may become unstable.

“Staff will continue to monitor ice conditions and all river systems in the Quinte Conservation watershed,” said Terry Murphay, general manager.

He encourages residents to contact the Quinte Conservation office at 613-968-3434 if they observe sudden increases in water levels or the formation of ice jams.

Stream banks should be also avoided as ice and snow make footing unpredictable and frigid open water conditions are dangerous. Murphy says areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times.

While Quinte Conservation does not measure ice thickness for recreational activities, the organization provides information on watershed safety conditions.

More information about Quinte Conservation is available at

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  1. Dennis Fox says:

    The only reason I have come to this article to express my concerns is due to the fact that it is the only one having to do with weather conditions. So accept my apologies….

    My concerns have to do with how inaccessible our downtown has become due to the snow banks. My wife and I went to the movies on Saturday night. Downtown was not that busy, but finding a parking space was terrible – most on street parking was impossible because of the snow banks. Once I found a spot – the sidewalks were not great either – an older woman ahead of us went for a flip because the sidewalk in front of the driveway between the Regent and the store next to it was not shoveled. The woman was fine, but it could have been a lot worse. Also during the day, because of the same conditions, I am refusing to shop anymore downtown – just going to the library has become an ordeal. Getting to the CIBC – forget it!

    If I was a shop owner in Picton, I would be concerned about the lack of access to the stores. No amount of commercial promotion nor business development studies will improve this – yet the answer is obvious and cost very little. Shovel and clear the snow for your customers!

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