Watershed Conditions : Flood Outlook Statement – Update #5

April 16, 2019

This statement is an update to the Flood Outlook statement issued on March 18, 2019.

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) continues to advise residents and landowners near rivers and creeks that spring flooding is still possible, particularly in low-lying areas that have flooded in the past.  

Rivers and creeks throughout the region continue to run high with the final stages of the spring thaw. The forecast is indicating the possibility of 45 mm of accumulated precipitation over the next five days. This rain added to the high flows could result in flooding in low-lying areas.  Extreme caution should be exercised when near waterbodies. Parents should inform their children of the risks and provide appropriate supervision.

Residents should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:

•    Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve
•    Ensuring easy access to a portable backup generator and pump
•    Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is as least 3 metres from the dwelling
•    Securing items that might float away as flows increase
•    Removing valuable items from basements or lower floors that could be subject to flooding
•    Keeping emergency phone numbers handy

This statement is in effect until Monday, April 22, 2019.   The RRCA will continue to monitor water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning program and will provide updates as conditions change.

For more information : Lisa Van De Ligt, Communications Specialist, (613) 938-3611 ext. 223, lisa.vandeligt@rrca.on.ca

Forwarded to : RRCA Flood Forecasting and Warning Directory