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Water levels predicted to rise on Moira River in Ontario

April 15, 2014   by Canadian Underwriter

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Quinte Conservation warned Monday that water levels in some communities on the Moira River in eastern Ontario will continue to rise.

“Water levels in the hardest hit areas of Foxboro and Corbyville in the City of Belleville and the vicinity of Stoco Lake in the Municipality of Tweed are expected to rise slightly and stay high for a week,” stated Quinte Conservation, the Ontario conservation authority whose area of responsibility includes the drainage basins of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon rivers.

A one-in-10 year flood affected the communities of Foxboro and Corbyville – on the Moira River about 200 kilometres east of Toronto – in 2008, according to the City of Belleville, which declared a state of emergency April 10.

“Residents along the Moira, Salmon and Napanee Rivers can expect water levels to remain the same or rise slightly over the next week,” Quinte Conservation stated Monday.

The agency added that water levels in the area of Stoco Lake — near Tweed, about 40 kilometres north of Belleville — are also expected to rise.

“Forecasts are calling for up to 30 millimetres of rain and possible thunderstorms in our region over the next two days and this means water levels will continue to rise marginally,” Quinte Conservation water resources manager Bryon Keene stated in a release.

Keene added that on Sunday night, 50 millimetres of rain was measured at a gauge on the Moira River at Highway 7.

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