Lower Trent Conservation advises municipalities and the public that a Flood Outlook Statement has been issued for the local creeks within Lower Trent Watershed region (area stretching for Grafton to Quinte West and from Lake Ontario to Rice Lake and east to Centre Hastings). It is important to note that during this time high water levels unsafe banks or other factors could be dangerous for recreational users and waterfront land owners. Nuisance flooding for some may occur.
Water levels along our local creeks and streams are average for this time of year. A series of low-pressure systems are forecasted to traverse through the watershed over the next 5 days. The first system that is forecasted to go through our watershed is late Tuesday January 9, 2024 followed by the second system on Friday January 12, 2024. These two systems have the potential to bring 40-60mm of mixed precipitation through the watershed. Additionally, forecasted temperatures across parts of central and eastern Ontario are warmer than average for this time of year. As a result of the forecasted temperatures and precipitation, some areas may experience localized run-off and elevated water levels. Flooding in low lying areas and areas with poor drainage may occur.
Residents living along any flowing water bodies should pay careful attention to water levels and flows. Fluctuating water levels could be experienced during these extreme weather conditions.
While the potential dangers presented by rivers, small streams and open ditches never cease to exist, they are of particular concern during extreme cold conditions or during the spring freshet.
Water currents could be strong and temperatures dangerously cold. Parents and caregivers are advised to keep children and pets away from all waterways. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times.
Lower Trent Conservation monitors water levels and weather forecasts closely as part of its flood forecasting and warning program. Daily water level updates are available at www.LTC.on.ca If you have concerns about water levels, please contact Lower Trent Conservation at (613) 394-4829. This Flood Outlook Statement for local creeks and streams and the Trent River will be in effect until Monday, January 15, 2024.