Image above shows flooding on the South Nation River, in The Nation Municipality, during the spring of 2017.
RUSSELL — Extreme weather makes the news frequently. Locally, South Nation Conservation (SNC) reduces risk to life and damage to property by providing municipalities and residents with advance notice of potential flooding.
Flood forecasting responds to weather events experienced in a watershed and compares them over time. Flood forecasting and warning is also an important response to intense precipitation events.
In addition to flood forecasting, SNC is currently updating and improving floodplain and slope-stability maps for the Russell Township. The updated maps for York Creek include areas from Eadie Road to Notre Dame Street.
Below, the South Nation River at the Crysler Dam, during the high waters experienced in May 2017.
SNC invites Russell residents to attend a public open house to view and comment on the new natural hazard maps. The open house will take place on Wednesday, Jan.30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Russell Township Town Hall (717 Notre-Dame Street, Embrun).
“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 Township 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.