Flood watch ended by conservation authority

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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 - It appears the worst of the spring flooding that saw dozens of properties in SD and G submerged may be over.

The Raisin Region Conservation Athority ended its flood watch Thursday and is instead going with a so=called "water safety statement."

"A water safety statement indicates high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc.," the RRCA said in a media release. "Flooding is not expected."

But river levels are still high and moving quickly; however, water levels have continued to decrease steadily since peaking on last weekend.  

There is no significant precipitation in the forecast for the next 36 hours, and so it is expected that water levels will continue to decrease.

There are currently no reported road closures in the region. Drivers should still approach low-lying laneways and low-level crossings in the flood plain with caution.

Water levels in Middle Lake and Mill Pond near Alexandria have stabilized, and are trending downwards. Loch Garry is close to leveling off, and will be drawn down slightly over the weekend. Residents of Alexandria, downstream of Mill Pond and through to the Golf Course should be advised that water levels are still expected to remain high in the Garry River as the drawdown from these lakes continues.

Organizations: Raisin Region Conservation Athority

Geographic location: Ontario, SD, Mill Pond Alexandria Middle Lake Loch Garry Garry River

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