Water Levels Rising, No Flooding Reports Yet

Water levels are rising across Renfrew County, as the spring melt combines with all the new rain and snow we got this past week.

Renfrew Nipissing Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski, who is also the Minister of Natural Resources & Forestry, was briefed by Pembroke’s Ministry Of Natural Resources staff this week, and says the melt has been slow enough to ease any immediate concerns about widespread flooding.

"Water levels are rising, not beyond anything that's expected at this time", Yakabuski told Star 96.7.

"The news is essentially, good.  We do have a lot more snow in the bush this year, everybody knows that.  But if the melt is in a more gradual fashion, that's positive".

Yakabuski says the ministry has received no reports from municipalities in the Valley yet about flooding. 

"If there is, we'd be happy to be made aware of that.  But no municipalities have contacted us in that regard, and they're the first point of contact when there is localized flooding", Yakabuski said.

Still, with rain expected over the next few days, Yakabuski warns that the situation could change, and property owners would be best to stay vigilant and take appropriate precautions.

There are still no official flood watches or warnings locally but if that changes, it will be updated at this site:  http://ontario.ca/flooding