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The Review's James Morgan was in Saint-André-d'Argenteuil this morning, where the Rivière du Nord feeds into the Ottawa River. Water levels in both of those rivers is elevated due to heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours. Volunteers are in demand for today and later this evening as people continue to fill sandbags to hold back water.

River levels rising, but rain forecast has been downgraded. Volunteers are at work in area municipalities, filling sandbags

Updated 2:15 p.m. April 20, 2019

Champlain Township Mayor Normand Riopel has not declared a state of emergency. If you want to volunteer, email [email protected] and you will be contacted if you are needed.

You can call Champlain Township at 613-678-3003 for info before 3 p.m. today, or call 613-632-4111 after hours if you need help or info.

Earlier today:

Area municipalities are continuing the battle elevated water levels caused by recent heavy rainfall. A windy, rain-free morning is supposed to lead to more rain, but today’s projects have been downgraded to five to 10 mm, compared to earlier predictions of 20 to 30 mm.

Some municipalities have been providing media with updates.

Champlain Township issued a the second press release in two days, continuing to note that municipal crews are closely monitoring the entire territory.

The press release states that while Champlain Township has enough sandbags and sand for all residents who might by affected by the flooding, bags will be given out according to priority, only afer a site survey has been done by the municipality. Sandbags will be provided only to protect houses, the press release states.

To obtain sandbags, the township is instructing residents to go to the distribution site set up for the distribution at Champlain Fire Station, L’Orignal Sector, 10 Elgin Street.

In the meantime, residents are advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

Champlain Township is looking for volunteers to lend a hand.  Volunteers can report to the fire station tomorrow if they are available to help.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can call Champlain Township; staff are on hand to take calls on Saturday, April 20 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

State of emergency continues in Saint-André-d’Argenteuil

This area seems to be the hardest-hit by rising Ottawa River levels and the municipality is in need of volunteers to prepare sand bags to hold back rising flood waters. Volunteers are continuing to fill sandbags at the Municipal Dome, located at 72 Wales Street in the village. Volunteers were at work yesterday and are putting in another full day today and for this evening. If you want to lend a hand, contact the municipality at 1-450-537-3527.

No state of emergency in Clarence-Rockland

A press release issued Saturday, April 20 by Clarence-Rockland advises that since water levels are not rising as quickly as they did in 2017, the mayor has not declared a state of emergency at this point. But city staff is working around the clock monitoring the areas affected by flooding and staff is in direct communications with its most vulnerable residents.

About 300,000 sand bags are available at different sandbagging sites. The map indicates the precise locations.

For non-emergency flood information, you can call 2-1-1.

Volunteer firefighters preparing sandbags in Lefaivre

Alfred-Plantagenet volunteer firefighters and township public works employees are at the Lefaivre Municipal Garage to provide sandbags to residents and to help resident fill sandbags until 3 p.m. today (Saturday, April 20). After 3 p.m., sandbags will be at available at the Lefaivre’s Municipal Garage in case of flood/need.

In other areas, water has accumulated in farm fields and has caused temporary road closures and/or damage to roads.

If you have photos to share or want to thank someone for coming to your aid, email photos and info to: [email protected] and we will be sharing that info with everyone in the days to come: online, on social media and in print.

Louise Sproule

Publisher at The Review
Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!
Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!

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