FLOOD WARNING UPDATE

April 17, 2014

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A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is beginning/occurring or when more serious flooding is possibleA Flood Warning requires action that may include the activation of the municipal flood emergency plan, warning residents or businesses in specific affected areas, and in some cases evacuation.

ISSUED TO:     local municipalities (Alnwick/Haldimand, Trent Hills), Northumberland & Hastings Counties, Ministry of Natural Resources, Trent-Severn Waterway,  Ontario Power Generation, Media, Health Units, Emergency Response Agencies

MESSAGE  #:  LTC – 09 – 14

DATE:              April 17, 2014 –12:15 PM – Valid until Monday, April 21, 2014

Lower Trent Conservation (LTC) advises municipalities and the public that a Flood Warning remains in effect for Rice Lake and the Trent River.

Water levels on Rice Lake and the Trent River have risen over the past 24 hours as follows:

•   Rice Lake – 7 centimetres (2.8 inches)

•   Percy Boom – 8.6 centimetres (3.4 inches)

•   Glen Ross (upper) – 5.6 centimetres (2.2 inches); Glen Ross (lower) – 5.5 centimetres (2.2inches)

Water levels on Percy Reach and downstream of Glen Ross have surpassed levels reached in 2008. With water flows and levels continuing to increase in upstream areas, including the Kawartha Lakes and the Crowe River, residents living along Rice Lake and the Trent River through to Trenton should expect further increases in water levels for at least the next several days.  Sustained high levels should be expected for the next several weeks.

Residents living in low lying, floodplain areas are advised to take action now to:

•           secure personal property (boats, docks, etc.) along the river bank

•           ensure sump pumps are in good working order

•           remove valuables and other items from potential flooded areas

•           test drinking water from private well supplies – contact local Health Unit

Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.  Residents requiring assistance should contact their local municipality. If you experience a flood emergency, call 911.

The Trent-Severn Waterway continues to adjust dam operations to allow the spring runoff to pass downstream through the river system. Lower Trent Conservation is maintaining daily contact with the Trent-Severn Waterway, provincial Surface Water Monitoring Centre, Ontario Power Generation and neighbouring Conservation Authorities to ensure we are aware of conditions that may affect the downstream sections of the river.  Daily water level updates are available at www.ltc.on.ca.

Anyone seeking information about water levels may call the Lower Trent Conservation office through the weekend to report flooding concerns.  The number to call is (613) 394-4829.

The public is urged to use extreme caution around all watercourses due to strong currents, very cold water temperatures, and slippery stream banks. Parents and caregivers are advised to keep children away from all waterways.  Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times.

Lower Trent Conservation is monitoring water levels and weather forecasts closely as part of its flood forecasting and warning program. An update will be provided on Monday, April 21, or earlier if conditions warrant.

 

For more information contact:

Marilyn Bucholtz, Communications Coord.                          Janet Noyes, Manager, Watershed Science & Services

marilyn.bucholtz@ltc.on.ca                                                       janet.noyes@ltc.on.ca

(613) 394-3915 ext. 216                                                                  (613) 394-3915 ext. 211



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