FLOOD WARNING: Waters receding, but danger still exists

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The Raisin River in Martintown is churning like mad in this photo from the Raisin Region Conservation Authority. The photo was shot Friday and shows the force of water currently flowing through the system.

CORNWALL, Ontario - A torrent of water along streams and rivers overflowing with snowmelt that forced the Raisin Region Conservation Authority to issue a flood warning has reached its high mark.

All water levels in the Raisin Region appear to have peaked and are tapering off that egncy said.

Most of the snow in the upper reaches has melted and runoff. There are no reported obstructions or ice-jams in the major reaches. The outlet of the Raisin River to the St. Lawrence River near Lancaster is completely open. Low lying areas in the flood plain which were previously flooded are becoming more accessible.

But water levels may still rise, and could do so for up to 24 hours after precipitation has passed through.

Many homes, including a slew in South Glengarry, have already found water seeping into their basements, in some cases several feet deep.

Last week's precipitation also added to water levels.

Low-lying areas within the flood plain including northeastern portions of St. Andrews, Grants Corners, Kinloch Road, Loyalist Road near Lancaster, Celtic Lane near Lancaster are currently flooded. Several local roads have been closed.

Organizations: Raisin Region Conservation Authority

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario, Lancaster South Glengarry Mill Pond Kinloch Road Loyalist Road Alexandria Garry River Loch Garry Middle Lake

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