~ Watershed Conditions Bulletin ~

To: watershed municipalities, media, TSW

Message Number: LTC - 11 - 03

Date: November 28, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.

Lower Trent Conservation (LTC) advises residents and municipalities throughout the lower Trent River region (the area stretching from Quinte West to Grafton and from Lake Ontario to Rice Lake) to exercise caution around all local streams and rivers. Water levels are well above normal for this time of year.

Above normal precipitation for November has caused water levels on all local waterways to rise. Approximately 20 millimetres of rainfall over the past 24 hours will result in further increases in levels. Residents living along the Trent River from Rice Lake to Trenton should expect high water levels and flows for the next several weeks. The river is at or near top of bank through the Percy Reach and Glen Ross areas.

To date, Trenton has received 113.6 millimetres of rainfall which is almost 40 percent higher than normal. The normal amount of precipitation for November is 83 millimetres.

Parents and caregivers are urged to keep children away from all watercourses. Areas around water control structures including dams and culverts should be avoided at all times.

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

A Watershed Conditions Bulletin is issued to raise public awareness.

A change in current water levels is possible.

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For more information, contact:

Marilyn Bucholtz

Marketing & Communications Advisor

(613) 394-3915 ext.16