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Forecast rainfall could pose problems

water safety statementRainfall predicted for Wednesday – between 25 and 40 millimeters starting in the early hours has caused Quinte Conservation to issue a Water Safety Statement.

“Larger local river systems are at normal conditions and should be able to take in this amount of rain, but smaller creeks and streams may respond more quickly. Residents along local waterways should be aware of changing water levels,” said Paul McCoy, Planning and Regulations Manager.

“Strong and gusty winds are also predicted which could cause high waves along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Residents should keep a close watch on local conditions and keep up to date on weather forecasts and warnings,” he added.

Quinte Conservation’s Water Safety Statement indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets.

“Flooding is not expected but municipalities and the public should be aware that nuisance flooding is possible in urban areas where storm drains may not be able to handle runoff during heavy downpours or become clogged with leaves,” McCoy said.

Residents should monitor sump pumps and ensure they are in good condition and may want to clear gutters and downspouts of leaves.

The public is urged to stay away from all waterways as slippery stream banks and cold water conditions are dangerous. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times.

Quinte Conservation staff are monitoring conditions closely. Anyone concerned about flooding may call the Quinte Conservation office twenty-four hours a day and follow the prompts to report any flooding. The numbers to call are (613) 968-3434 or (613) 354-3312.

Quinte Conservation monitors water levels and weather forecasts carefully as part of the agency’s flood forecasting and warning program. Quinte Conservation’s area of concern includes all of Prince Edward County and the drainage basins of the Moira, Salmon and Napanee Rivers and their tributaries. The public can keep up to date on flooding information by visiting or following @quinteca on Twitter.

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  1. Mark says:

    This storm should not be taken lightly. Not only upwards of 75 mm depending on the course, the winds will be significant and with many leaves still on trees, downed trees and power lines are a real possibility. Best to be prepared and avoid dangerous situations.

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