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RVCA's Role

RVCA maintains a flood forecasting and warning system. Our goal is to reduce danger to people and property by providing local agencies and the public with advanced notice, information and adviceso that they can respond to potential flooding and flood emergencies.

The RVCA uses stream gauges, weather stations, surveys of snow conditions, meterological forecasts and computer models to determine the potential for flooding. When spring melt or severe storms are anticipated, the Conservation Authority estimates the severity, location, and timing of possible flooding.

 

Flood Condition Index
normal conditions
Normal: No flood conditions exist.
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Awareness: Be informed and aware.

Water Safety Statements —High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.

Flood Outlook Statements Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion

flood watch
Flood Watch: Be prepared to activate your flood response plans, if it becomes necessary.

Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
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Flood Warning: Activate your flood response procedures now.

Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
Flood Forecasting and Warning

 

MESSAGE ISSUED:

2016.04.26 — Bobs and Christie Lake Levels Declining

Previous messages:
2016.04.11 — Flood Watch: Bobs and Christie Lake Levels Remain High
2016.04.07 — Flood Watch: Upper Rideau Watershed Lake Levels Increasing
2016.03.31 — Watershed Conditions Statement: Heavy Rain Will Increase Flows Again

2016.03.15 — Watershed Conditons Statement Early Freshet on the Wane
2016.03.11 — Watershed Conditions Statement: Early Freshet in Full Swing
2016.03.03 — Water Conditions Statement: Spring Outlook
2016.02.03 — Watershed Conditions Statement: Water Safety
2016.01.08 — Watershed Conditons Statement : Water Safety - January Thaw


Get Information:

Click here to access daily streamflow and water level graphs for the Rideau River watershed including: Rideau River at Ottawa, Jock River near Richmond, Kemptville Creek above Kemptville and Tay River at Perth).

Click here to access information on Ottawa River Water Levels.


 
Stay Informed:

Worried about spring flooding? Have flood messages sent directly to your home email address. Subscribe to the Flood Forecasting and Warning mailing list here.
 

Vulnerable Riverside Communities   Rideau River — in the area between Rideau Falls and Cummings Bridge, in the vicinity of Brantwood, Windsor and  Brewer,Parks in the City of Ottawa; parts of the rural area of the City of Ottawa including; in the vicinity of the Carleton Golf & Yacht Club, parts of the Village of Kars; Lorne Bridge Road; in the vicinity of James Island; Reevecraig; Fairmile Subdivision; Mapleshores, Little Chesterville and Arcand developments, Hilly Lane, Cedar Beach, Rideau Glen and Becketts Landing in North Grenville Township
     
    Jock River — parts of the Village of Richmond including areas on the tributaries (Van Gaal Drain, Flowing Creek, Bypass Drain)
     
    Stevens Creek — parts of the Village of North Gower and areas downstream     
     
    Kemptville Creek — parts of the Township of North Grenville between Kemptville and the Rideau River
     
    Tay River — within the Town of Perth and areas upstream to Glen Tay

Municipal Response:  

Contact your local municipality to respond to local flood issues:

 

   

Resources:  

 

 

 

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