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Heavy rain could bring waterways to spring run-off levels

Forecast heavy rain for Monday means local waterways could rise to spring run-off levels and flows, says Bryon Keene, Quinte Conservation Water Resources Engineer.

“We have had a gentle spring run-off this year as temperatures have remained cool, which slowed the snow melt.  We will continue to monitor precipitation and stream flow.”

Quinte Conservation urges the public to exercise caution around all watercourses due to strong currents and cold water temperatures. 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, weather forecasts, and ice and snow conditions carefully 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.

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, ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.

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