Flood warn­ing

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The Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (RRCA) is ad­vis­ing res­i­dents and landown­ers near rivers and creeks to be pre­pared for pos­si­ble flood­ing dur­ing the spring melt this year.

The win­ter of 2018-19 has seen sig­nif­i­cant snow and freez­ing rain with some in­ter­mit­tent freeze-thaw cy­cles. The snow pack through­out the re­gion as of early March was above av­er­age and was hold­ing sub­stan­tial wa­ter con­tent. There is a po­ten­tial for above av­er­age flood­ing this spring across the Raisin Re­gion wa­ter­shed, es­pe­cially in low ly­ing ar­eas that have flooded in the past. There is also a con­cern for flood­ing along laneways and drive­ways due to snow/ice and de­bris ac­cu­mu­la­tion within the ditches and cul­verts.

Ad­di­tion­ally, this year’s cold win­ter has re­sulted in thicker than usual ice cover on the rivers; this can lead to ice jam­ming and ice pil­ing as the rivers break up.

With the chang­ing lev­els that can be ex­pected over the com­ing weeks, ice cover on lakes, ditches, lo­cal streams and rivers will con­tinue to be un­sta­ble.

Ex­treme cau­tion should be ex­er­cised by ev­ery­one when near lo­cal wa­ter bod­ies. Par­ents should in­form their chil­dren of the risks and pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate su­per­vi­sion. Res­i­dents in flood prone or low-ly­ing ar­eas, his­tor­i­cally sus­cep­ti­ble to flood­ing, should take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions to pro­tect their prop­erty.

En­sure your sump pump is clear, in good work­ing con­di­tion and has a back­wa­ter valve on it. Home own­ers should have a por­ta­ble back-up gen­er­a­tor and pump.

En­sure down­spouts are clear and the out­let is at least three me­tres from the dwelling. Re­move or se­cure items that might float away as flows in­crease.

Re­move valu­able items from base­ments or lower floors that could be sub­ject to flood­ing.

Keep emer­gency phone num­bers handy. Fa­mil­iar­ize your­self with your mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s emer­gency pre­pared­ness plan.

The RRCA will con­tinue to mon­i­tor con­di­tions and will is­sue fur­ther state­ments when or if there is an in­di­ca­tion that the sit­u­a­tion can be ex­pected to change sig­nif­i­cantly.

Flood fore­cast­ing and warn­ing have been del­e­gated to con­ser­va­tion au­thor­i­ties.

The Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity mon­i­tors pre­cip­i­ta­tion and wa­ter lev­els through­out South Glen­garry and Corn­wall and large por­tions of North Glen­garry and South Stor­mont.

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