Flooding forecast for low-lying areas of South Nation River watershed

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

NATION VALLEY — South Nation Conservation expects that forecasted rain through the rest of this week will lead to flooding in low-lying areas of the watershed.

Stream gauges across the jurisdiction have already recorded an increase in water levels due to recent precipitation, and water levels remain above average for this time of year, says the local watershed authority.

Residents are advised 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.

Residents in flood prone or low-lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should also take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:

  • Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve on it;
  • Portable generator and backup pump;
  • Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is at least 3 m from the dwelling;
  • Removing or securing items that might float away as flows increase;
  • Removing 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 monitors the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program. Updates are provided as conditions change.

Please visit www.nation.on.ca for more information. To provide feedback to SNC with respect to changes in water related conditions, please email waterwatch@nation.on.ca, post to their Facebook (/SouthNationConservation) or Twitter (@SouthNationCA).

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