Cautious Optimism As Spring Melt Continues

We're not out of the woods yet, but the spring melt in Renfrew County is playing out less harmfully than some had feared.

The slow melt we’ve seen has eased many concerns about the heavy snowpack melting, and there’ve been no reports of major flooding or any significant water damage.

Renfrew Nipissing Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski says in addition to the weather, a provincial order that was issued to lower water levels affecting the Bonnechere River water system was an important step in protecting large areas along the watershed.

"There was a great deal of concern about the potential of flooding this spring", Yakabuski said.

"I signed an order to Renfrew Power Generation reducing the level of water through the Bonnechere system, beginning with Round Lake, with the proviso that if there was any negative effect downstream, that the drawdown would cease," said Yakabuski, who is also the Minister of Natural Resources & Forestry.

"That has happened, and the drawdown has ceased, but we did accomplish the goal of reducing the level in Round Lake, which now has more capacity", he said.

Still, he cautions that the period for vigilance isn't over.

“We believe we’ve done everything we can in regards to the functions of the minister and the ministry, and Renfrew Power Generation, to lower that level, but people have to be aware that they have a responsibility for their property as well”, Yakabuski said. 

The Ministry of Natural resources has so far issued no flood watches or warnings across the Valley.