~ Flood Safety Bulletin ~

To: local municipalities (Alnwick/Haldimand, Cramahe, Brighton, Stirling-Rawdon, Quinte West, Trent Hills & Centre-Hastings), MNR, TSW, media

Message Number: LTC - 15 - 04

Date: September 10, 2004 9:45 a.m. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Lower Trent Conservation (LTC) is advising residents throughout the lower Trent region (the area stretching from Quinte West to Grafton and from Lake Ontario to Rice Lake) of the following water level conditions.


The flood warning issued yesterday (Thursday, September 9 at 9:00 a.m.) is no longer in effect. The remnants of Hurricane Frances have now completely moved out of the region.


Rainfall amounts recorded at flood forecasting gauges during the storm range from 111.5 mm of rain at Trenton; 100 mm on Cold Creek at Orland on Highway 30; 97 mm at Rawdon Creek at Highway 62; and 95 mm on Mill Creek at Warkworth.

While the small streams flowing into Lake Ontario from Grafton to Quinte West, including Shelter Valley, Colborne, Butler, Smithfield and Mayhew Creek, quickly peaked once the heavy precipitation ended yesterday afternoon, larger streams did not reach their peak until late last night.

Stream gauges located on Cold, Mill and Rawdon Creeks recorded peak flows as follows:


Watercourse                         Flow (cubic metres per second)                     Time (on Sept. 9)

Rawdon Creek (near Stirling)     5.01 cms (0.29)                                                 10:00 p.m.

Cold Creek (Orland)                 39.1cms (1.28)                                                   Midnight

Mill Creek (Warkworth)             9.13 cms (0.50)                                                 Midnight.

The normal flows for the month of September have been identified in brackets.


Lower Trent Conservation advises the public to stay away from watercourses as flows along all watercourses will be well above normal for the next several days. Areas around water control structures, including dams and culverts, should be avoided at all times.


Conservation staff will continue to monitor water levels and weather forecasts daily as part of its flood forecasting and warning program. Anyone having any concerns about flooding can call Lower Trent Conservation at (613) 394-4829.

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For more information, contact:

Mike Lovejoy, Watershed Monitoring Tech.

(613) 394-3915 ext .11

Marilyn Bucholtz, Marketing & Communications

 (613) 394-3915 ext.16