A Flood Warning has been issued for all areas in the Quinte Conservation watersheds. This includes all lakes, rivers, streams, and the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte. Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “We have received almost twice the normal amount of rain for the entire month of May in the first week. We anticipate that all rivers will, or already have, overtopped their banks. The Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario are approaching 1 in 100 year flood levels.”
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.
McClure explains, “The most recent rain ran off more quickly because the ground was already saturated and creeks, streams and wetlands were already full. We are predicting that this flooding situation will be similar to, but not as bad, as the one in 2014.”
Residents living in low lying, floodplain areas are reminded that septic systems and drinking water supplies may be compromised in flooded areas and should contact the Health Unit if they are concerned. Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies. Residents requiring assistance should contact their local municipality.
Quinte Conservation is urging the public to exercise caution around all watercourses due to strong currents and cold water temperatures. Stream banks may be slippery and treacherous. Dams and other water control structures should be avoided at all times.
The rising water levels combined with wind and waves on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte could cause damage to property on the shoreline or erosion due to high water, wind, and waves. Boaters and anglers should be aware that increased floating debris will make boating conditions hazardous. Boaters and residents should also take care around boat launches and docks during this time of high water.