Updated April 20, 2017
The South Nation Conservation is warning residents water levels are expected to rise “significantly” in Alfred-Plantagenet in coming days. The conservation authority said in a statement that rain in the forecast, combined with already-high water levels in the area where the South Nation and Ottawa Rivers meet, could result in high water levels and localized flooding in Alfred-Plantagenet.
A flood warning from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry dated April 18 said people living in Clarence-Rockland, Hawkesbury, East Hawkesbury and Champlain should stay away from rivers and streams. The statement says the Ottawa River Regulation and Planning Board has indicated that “the middle and lower portions of the Ottawa River basin are experiencing above average conditions, with levels and flows not seen in the previous 10 to 20 years depending on location.” By mid-April, the area had recieved precipitation “exceeding the amount normally received for the entire month,” said the statement from the ministry.
Sand bags available in Clarence-Rockland
The City of Clarence-Rockland announced on Thursday, April 20 that sandbags are available to residents at 700 Industrielle Street in Rockland, next to the waste water treatment plant. “Warm temperature combined with rain is causing water levels to increase rapidly,” said the city in a statement. “It could become necessary to protect properties against rising flood waters.”
As of April 19, the following roads remained closed in the municipality:
- Johnston Road – between Russell and Ettyville Roads
- Lacasse Road – at 1.1 km south of Baseline Road
- Voisine Road
A section of Little Borris Road between County Road 11 (Cassburn Road) and Pearl Road in Champlain Township remained closed.