The flood warning issued for the Quinte Conservation Watershed on April 22, 2019 remains in effect. This update is to inform municipalities and the public on the changing conditions expected throughout the watershed over the next week.
Widespread rainfall ranging from 25 mm to over 50 mm has been forecasted for the Quinte Watershed on Friday, April 26. The amount of rain expected varies by location. It is unclear at this time how much rain will fall.
The ground remains saturated, while wetlands and low lying areas are already filled with water. This will cause rainfall to quickly runoff into watercourses.
The Black and Skootamatta Rivers at Actinolite, the Moira River at Deloro and Tweed, as well as the Clare River, all peaked by April 23, 2019.
The Moira River at Foxboro peaked April 24, 2019.
Anticipated rainfall has the potential to sustain or increase river flows depending on the amount of precipitation received.
It is possible for the Moira River at Foxoboro to reach the 1 in 10 year return period flood flows.
The Salmon River at Tamworth continues to slowly rise.
The Napanee River peaked on April 20 with the lower Salmon River peaking on April 22.
Stoco and Moira Lake are approaching 2017 water levels.
Beaver Lake and Horseshoe Lake have exceeded 2017 water levels.
Lake levels will remain elevated and may increase in response to the rainfall.
The lower Salmon and Napanee Rivers will respond to rainfall and flows should not greatly exceed the peak levels experienced this spring.
Localized road washouts have been reported throughout the Quinte Watershed. Residents are recommended to check in with their municipalities for updates on road closures and recommended to obey all road closures and signs.
The public is reminded that Quinte Conservation does not provide sandbags to residents. If you require sandbags, check with your local municipality or hardware store.
Staff will continue to monitor conditions and will provide an update if forecasts and conditions change. For current water levels or to report any observations of flooding, residents are encouraged to visit QuinteConservation.ca.
A Flood Warning statement notifies that 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 if anything significant changes before) Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
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.