Local Conservation Agencies Raise Concerns About Flooding

As the area sits under threat of another 40mm of rain, local conservation agencies are warning that residents are at an increased risk for flooding along our area of the St Lawrence River.

Water run off from the flooding areas around Ottawa are affecting the St Lawrence, as well as wind.

South Nation Conservation Agency's John Mesman says we're now under a Flood Watch.

"Right now we're not seeing the same event on the St Lawrence River that we saw two years ago, but of course as water levels increase in the lake, and increase in Montreal, we will see water levels increasing."

South Nation says homes like Cardinal and Augusta are at increase risk, as well as in Brockville. They will be concentrated to low-lying areas for the most part, says Mesman.

Leeds-Grenville is sitting under a Special Weather Statement by Environment Canada, which forecasts 30mm-40mm of rain throughout the day on Wednesday.

Mesman says they're watching the situation closely.

"We're working with our partners to monitor the levels every hour on the hour."

Further west, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority on Friday said it has also increased its Watershed Statement to be at a 'Flood Watch.'

At last reported, the levels of the St. Lawrence River near Brockville are 0.73 m below the flooding of 2017. With more rain on the way they said they will continue to monitor the situation as "Lake Ontario levels may begin to approach critical values in some areas."