Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 4:29 p.m.
Keep the sandbags in place
The water level in the Ottawa River is starting to go down now but it is still not time yet for homeowners along the river to take down their sandbag dykes.
The three regional conservation authorities which share jurisdication over the Ottawa River are keeping their Flood Warning Alert in place over the last weekend of May.
The latest report from the Ottawa River Regulation Committee states that water levels in the Ottawa River, from Chats Lake downstream to the Grenville and Hawkesbury area, are dropping but at a slow rate.
That slow and steady decrease will continue over the next couple of weeks with the warmer spring weather now. But that could change if there is a heavy and prolonged period of rainfall.
All flood-prone areas along the Ottawa River remain at risk because of the spring runoff situation in the upper reaches of the river. The river will remain high over the next few weeks even as the flood waters start to recede.
Homeowners along the river are urged to wait until they get permission from their local flood emergency group before arranging to have sandbag walls taken down. Check with the local municipality about safe disposal of the sand bags.