MNR & County Watching Water Levels Closely

Rising temperatures have a lot of people in the Valley thinking about the possibility of spring flooding, but there are no watches or warnings for our area yet.

The Ministry of Natural Resources says the existing snow pack will capture much of this week’s rainfall, but they advise that there could be some additional water runoff because of the frozen ground and ice layers.

MNR spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski says over the next few weeks, they’ll be coordinating closely with the County to keep the public informed.

It's a partnership and line of communication that they enhanced after the spring flooding of 2017.

"We developed a partnership with the County of Renfrew Emergency services, so we've got better notifications delivered more quickly", Kowalski told Star 96.7.

"We will issue flood advisories, flood watches, flood warnings, if necessary", Kowalski added.

Kowalksi says the MNR's flood watch website will have updated information the moment anything changes.

That website can be found at  http://ontario.ca/flooding

"I would recommend to folks, if they're concerned, to constantly go to the website", Kowalski said.