Flooding on Voisine Road in Clarence-Rockland (April 25, 2019). Photo: Sylvain Lauwers.

Ottawa River levels could rise due to snowmelt conditions in northern regions

During the past few days, flood water reports have indicated that water levels are receding, but this morning, Clarence-Rockland issued a flood watch warning that stated water levels have begun to rise upstream.

The rate of snowmelt in northern regions is quickly increasing with warming temperatures and is causing levels to rise along the upper river section.

Reservoirs in the Abitibi-Timiskaming region are rapidly filling with increased runoff. The volume of spring runoff exceeds the capacity of most reservoirs and excess water is released once they are filled. Combined with significant precipitation that is expected to begin on Thursday, residents are advised to closely follow changing conditions and to take necessary measures. Up to 30 mm of rain is in the forecast for Thursday, with an additional 10 to 15 mm on Friday, May 10.

For non-emergency flood information, please call 211 or call 1-877-761-9076 or visit: https://easternontario.cioc.ca/record/OCR4589.

For all emergencies, call 911.

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