The risk of flooding on the South Nation River is a sure sign of spring locally, and recent days have been no exception, with South Nation Conservation (SNC) issuing a Flood Watch along the watershed.
Spring thaw conditions and rainy weather have combined to cause flooding along the river, particularly in flat, low-lying areas. With the current conditions, SNC has issued a Flood Watch for the entire watershed and set the risk level at orange – the second highest place on the four-colour scale, with red being the highest level.
During the past week, Prescott and Russell County Road 9 was closed near the South Nation River between Plantagenet and Fournier. Also closed was part of County Road 15, between Fournier and Alfred.
As of Saturday, March 26, both roads had reopened – although County Road 9 resembled a causeway, where it crosses flooded fields near the river. Large amounts of fast-moving water were passing under the steel arch bridge on County Road 9 and through the village of Plantagenet.
As of Saturday, parts of Concession Road 12 and River Bank Road in La Nation were closed due to flooding. In Alfred and Plantagenet Township, sections of Concession roads 4, 7, 9, and 10 were closed due to flooding as of March 26.