Help South Nation Conservation with watercourse hazard mapping, Feb. 8 in Vars

The South Nation River during the significant precipitation event early on the afternoon of Feb. 25, 2017. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

VARS — Following a wet and water-logged 2017, the local watershed authority seeks public input on updated and improved floodplain and slope-stability maps for areas of the Nation’s Capital within South Nation Conservation (SNC) jurisdiction.

SNC reduces risk to life and damage to property by providing advance notice of potential flooding to municipalities and residents. The upcoming information-gathering exercise will buttress that mandate.

This year’s focus has included the areas of Devine Creek from the Forced Road and Rockdale Road intersection to the Russland Road and Rockdale intersection; Marshall Seguin Creek from the intersection of Devine Road and Rockdale Road to Rockdale Road at Highway 417; and Nelson Charlebois Creek from the Trim Road and Giroux Street intersection to the Prescott and Russell Trail on Frank Kenny Road.

SNC invites local residents to attend a public open house to view and comment on new natural hazard maps for their area within the City of Ottawa — Thursday, Feb. 8,  7 to 9 p.m. at École élémentaire catholique Saint-Guillaume in Vars.

“We are particularly interested in historical information that residents may be able to provide for these watercourses,” said Sandra Mancini, SNC’s Team Lead, Engineering. Mancini invites residents to bring along photos, news clippings, and anecdotal stories to compare to natural hazard maps.

Mapping will be used by the City and SNC when updating official plans and zoning schedules, and in reviewing other Planning Act applications. “The ultimate goal of the mapping is to help ensure safe development,” added Mancini. “It’s all about keeping people and property safe.”

SNC staff will be on-hand at the public house to respond to any questions from property owners and residents.

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