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Moira River levels peak but starting to drop in flood-hit Belleville area

Officials say the water levels on the Moira River have peaked and are now starting to drop as the Belleville, Ont., area continues to struggle with major flooding.

City of Belleville-Aaron Bell / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Officials say the water levels on the Moira River have peaked and are now starting to drop as the Belleville, Ont., area continues to struggle with major flooding.
   
They say the water started dropping Friday morning and if the decrease continues the Moira is expected to return to normal levels within a week.
   
The north Belleville community of Foxboro has now told the hundreds of volunteers who helped throw down sandbags to protect homes from floodwaters that they aren't needed for the time being.
   
The Moira is still at or near record highs in the area's communities and Quinte Conservation says levels of the Salmon and Trent rivers are rising.
   
Belleville was put under a state of emergency earlier this month over the flooding, which has affected hundreds of homes in the region.
   
A string of municipalities stretching from north of Toronto through to the province's east are under flood warnings or watches due to the spring snow melt and recent rainfall.

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