SNC invites public to Open House on Natural Hazard Mapping in Russell

RUSSELL — South Nation Conservation (SNC) invites residents in the Township of Russell to attend a public open house on October 9 at the Russell Town Hall to view and comment on new natural hazard maps for areas in Embrun.

Updated floodplain and slope-stability maps were developed for the areas of East York Creek from Route 300 to the Castor River, and the Castor River between Saint Joseph Road and St. Albert Road.

Natural hazard maps are used by the Township and SNC when updating official plans and zoning schedules, and in reviewing other development applications to protect people and property from natural hazards and guide sustainable development. SNC updates these maps on behalf of its partner municipalities, when requested.

“The ultimate goal of the mapping is to help ensure safe development,” said Sandra Mancini, SNC’s Engineering Lead. “It’s all about keeping people and property safe.”

Residents will have the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with SNC staff at the open house to review the new natural hazard maps and ask questions. Residents with affected property received letters from SNC before the mapping work began, and again this week to invite them to the open house.

“We are particularly interested in historical information that residents may be able to provide for these watercourses,” said Mancini. “Feel free to bring along photos, news clippings, and anecdotal stories to compare to the maps,” she added.

SNC also works closely with its partner municipalities to help provide advance notice of flooding to reduce risk to life and property damage through the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program.

The public open house will be taking place on Wednesday, October 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Russell Town Hall (717 Notre-Dame Street, Embrun).

For more information, please visit www.nation.on.ca or call 1-877-984-2948.

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