FLOOD WARNING UPDATE

April 21, 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, Quinte West, Trent Hills), Northumberland & Hastings Counties, Ministry of Natural Resources, Trent-Severn Waterway,  Ontario Power Generation, Media, Health Units, Emergency Response Agencies

MESSAGE  #:  LTC – 10 – 14

DATE:              April 21, 2014 –11:30 PM – Valid until Friday, April 25, 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 continued to rise throughout the past weekend on Rice Lake and the Trent River to the Bay of Quinte between 8 to 21 centimetres as the large volume of water from spring runoff moves downstream through the river system and snowmelt continues in northern areas of the drainage basin. In the past 24 hours, water levels have risen:

•   Rice Lake – 4.9 centimetres (1.9 inches)

•   Percy Boom – 1.2 centimetres (0.5 inches)

•   Glen Ross (upper) – 1.2 centimetres (0.5 inches); Glen Ross (lower) – 1.1 centimetres (0.4 inches)

Residents living along Rice Lake and the Trent River from Hastings to Healey Falls should expect similar water level increases as experienced in the past 24 hours through to the end of this week.  Water levels along the Trent River from Campbellford to Trenton will increase slightly over the next 24 to 48 hours and begin to stabilize by Friday, April 25. Any significant precipitation could lengthen the period of high levels, or further increase levels.

Residents living in low lying, floodplain areas are reminded that septic systems and drinking water supplies may be compromised in flooded areas.

Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.  Residents requiring assistance should contact their local municipality.

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.

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.

Anyone seeking information about water levels may call the Lower Trent Conservation office at (613) 394-4829. 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 Friday, April 25, 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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