FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 21, 2021
QUINTE CONSERVATION ISSUES A WATER SAFETY STATEMENT DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
A slow moving frontal system stretching from Sarnia to North Bay will be traveling into the region today. With moisture being drawn from the Gulf of Mexico, significant rainfall and unsettled weather conditions are anticipated for the next several days.
Local weather forecasts for the Quinte Conservation Watershed are predicting 50-60 mm of widespread precipitation and sustained high winds exceeding 20 km/hr with expected gusts of 50 km/hr, starting Tuesday evening.
Creeks, streams, and rivers will rise rapidly in response to rain and runoff. There is a low risk of lake and riverine flooding on larger systems due to low surface water levels and dry soil conditions. Some isolated nuisance flooding is likely around small watercourses, urban areas, and ditches. Waterfront properties on large inland lakes and Lake Ontario may experience wind induced wave damage, although limited by seasonally normal to low lake levels.
Residents are reminded to make sure their sump pumps are in good working condition and to help reduce ponding by keeping ditches, culverts, and storm drains clear from obstructions.
Staff will continue to monitor conditions. For current water levels or to report changes in water levels, residents are encouraged to visit QuinteConservation.ca.
A WATER SAFETY STATEMENT indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.
This message will be in effect until (or updated before) September 24, 2021
Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony. More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca.
For more information contact:
Dave Eastcott, Water Resources Technician
(613) 968-3434 ext. 126 OR (613) 354-3312 ext. 126