SOUTH GLENGARRY, Ontario – The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is warning of possible flooding across their region this spring.
“The snowpack throughout the region is holding substantial water content,” the RRCA said in press release. “There is potential for above average flooding this spring across the RRCA jurisdiction, particularly in low-lying areas that have flooded in the past. There is also a concern for flooding along laneways and driveways due to snow/ice and debris accumulation within the ditches and culverts.”
The RRCA stated that this winter saw higher than usual ice build-up, which they say can lead to ice jamming and piling on rivers as the ice breaks up.
The RRCA made the following recommendations for residents who want to protect their property:
- Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve
- Ensuring easy access to a portable backup generator and pump
- Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is as least 3 metres from the dwelling
- Securing items that might float away as flows increase
- Removing valuable items from basements or lower floors that could be subject to flooding
- Keeping emergency phone numbers handy
The RRCA’s flood outlook statement is in effect until Monday, March 25.