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The Following Release was Issued by Quinte Conservation on May 18, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2017
QUINTE CONSERVATION FLOOD WARNING
REMAINS FOR BAY OF QUINTE AND LAKE ONTARIO

A Flood Warning remains in effect for shorelines on the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario in the Quinte Conservation watersheds. Based on the best available information from the federal government it appears Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte may peak within a week. Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “As long as there is minimal rainfall we could see a peak on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte in the next several days. Unfortunately this does not mean immediate relief for those on the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte. We could still see increasing water levels of up to 30 centimetres on shorelines due to winds and wave action.  Once the levels do peak it will still take some time for them to reced e as they gradually decline over the summer and into the fall.”

McClure adds, “We have been receiving many reports of carp making their way into the floodwaters.  It is natural for them to spawn in shallow, warm water this time of year.  Our staff will not be making any rescue attempts for the carp.” Pedestrians and cyclists should take care during flooding conditions. Floodwater may be deeper and faster flowing than it appears and often contains hidden snags and debris.Parents and caregivers should keep children well away from floodwaters.  They are not safe for wading. Quinte Conservation staff will be monitoring conditions closely. A Flood Warning means flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Wednesday May 31, 2017.

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:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125 OR (613) 354-3312 ext. 125

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