Wakes from motorboats, personal watercraft causing damage in flood-hit areas of Clarence-Rockland

The South Nation River at Plantagenet, several kilometres downstream from the river's junction with the Ottawa River, in 2017. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Russell OPP say motorized vessels should stay away

ROCKLAND — Russell County OPP say that motorized vessels should stay off the Ottawa River within the City of Clarence-Rockland.

A state of emergency remains in effect in Clarence-Rockland because of flooding along the Ottawa River. The local police detachment has been receiving complaints of motorboats and Sea-Doos causing wakes that overflow sandbags stacked along the municipality’s shoreline.

Police ask that this activity cease because of extra damage it is causing.

“The OPP is aware that conditions in the area are changing and will utilize whatever resources are required to best serve those who have been evacuated, and those who have chosen to remain with their homes at this time,” the detachment adds in a press release issued today.

Police and the local watershed authority South Nation Conservation — which has jurisdiction over the Ottawa River shoreline in Clarence-Rockland — continue to remind residents  to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

SNC encourages the public to visit www.nation.on.ca and to report changes in water-related conditions, soil stress fractures (i.e. cracks in soil), abrupt changes in streambanks, or sudden leaning of trees in their local areas. Feedback and photos can be sent to waterwatch@nation.on.ca, posted on the authority’s Facebook page (/SouthNationConservation), or Tweeted to (@SouthNationCA).



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