Flooding prompts state of emergency near Belleville

Shane Sager places sandbags behind his family's home in Foxboro, Ont. Thursday, April 10, 2014. The...

Shane Sager places sandbags behind his family's home in Foxboro, Ont. Thursday, April 10, 2014. The Moira River north of Belleville, Ont. continues to swell its banks and could reach levels last seen during widespread flooding of 2008. (Luke Hendry/QMI Agency)

Luke Hendry, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:56 PM ET

BELLEVILLE, Ont. ─ The City of Belleville declared state of emergency late Thursday afternoon in order to provide needed resources to residents affected by flooding just north of the city.

Terry Murphy, general manager of Quinte Conservation, said flows in the Moira River are expected to increase six to eight inches over the next 48 hours and are likely to cause further flooding in the Foxboro area.

Mayor Neil Ellis said conditions are stabilizing.

"But with the potential for rain fall over the next 24 to 48 hours, we expect to need volunteers to help build sand bag barriers to help protect property and have declared a state of emergency for that purpose," stated Ellis.

Sand and sand bag supplies are available at the Gerry Masterson Community for residents that are or will be affected by flooding.


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