Posted April 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
April showers bring flooded roads
This spring is proving a wet one for Eastern Ontario with flood warnings throughout the region.
The Ministry of Natural Resources has issued a Flood Watch from its Kemptville District Office for the north-eastern reaches of the Ottawa River region. That includes the City of Clarence-Rockland, the Town of Hawkesbury, and the Champlain and East Hawkesbury Townships. But residents in the Village of Casselman, The Nation Municipality, and Russell Township, as well as the rural areas of the City of Ottawa should also be alert.
Several roads in almost every community has experienced flooding. County Road 9 near the Séguin Bridge (shown in the photo) is closed on the St-Isidore village side because of serious flooding of The Nation River.
Residents should consult their municipal website for notices of which roads in their areas are closed due to flooding. They are also advised to avoid going close to any shorelines during the current high water situation and to make sure that their children and pets are kept away from fast-running streams.
Homeowners with sump pump systems for their dwellings should also check to make their sump pumps are working.
The current flood situation is due to heavy spring rains and winter melt causing a rapid rise in stream levels everywhere. The ground has also become saturated, adding to the heavier runoff.