NATION VALLEY — Take precautions and prepare for rising waters in those areas historically susceptible to flooding in the watershed, South Nation Conservation advises.
The local watershed authority says forecasted above-freezing temperatures tomorrow (March 10) will prompt this year’s “above average” ice and snowpack to start melting, “which may cause flooding in low-lying areas and increased potential for ice jams.”
SNC advises residents in areas prone to flooding to:
- Ensure sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve on it;
- Have access to a portable backup generator and pump;
- Ensure downspouts are clear and the outlet is at least three meters 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.
SNC also reminds residents to stay away from rivers as the forecasted weather may rapidly increase river flows and banks might be unstable and slippery. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.
The advisory is in effect until Friday, March 15.
Monitoring water levels and weather forecasts as part of its Flood Forecasting and Warning Program, SNC provides regular updates as conditions change. The watershed authority also accepts public feedback on conditions via email, Facebook and Twitter.