Ottawa – Environment Canada is forecasting significant precipitation in the form of rain or drizzle, freezing rain, ice pellets and snow starting Friday and continuing into Sunday with the greatest precipitation amounts on Saturday. There remains a considerable amount of uncertainty on exact precipitation amounts and what form it will take, however, rainfall amounts of between 50 and 75 mm are possible throughout the Rideau Valley watershed.
Although no significant flooding is anticipated, water levels and flows are expected to increase in all waterways in the Rideau Valley Watershed. Depending on how much rain falls, residents who are adjacent to the smaller creeks and streams are advised to keep a close watch on water levels and flows and
should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:
• Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve
• Ensuring easy access to a portable backup generator and pump
With the expected increase in water levels and flows in the coming days, ice cover on lakes, ditches, local streams and rivers will be unstable. Extreme caution should be exercised by everyone when near local waterbodies. Parents should inform their children of the risks and provide appropriate supervision.
This watershed conditions statement is in effect until Tuesday January 14, 2020 at 5 PM or until an update has been issued.