News from: November 2017

November 3, 2017 –  Rain forecast for Sunday could raise water levels again.

In the order of 25 to 30 millimetres of rain fell on the Rideau watershed yesterday and this morning, less than was forecast. The rain was not enough to raise water levels significantly.

Rain now forecast for Sunday has the potential to be enough to raise the already elevated flows. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry meteorologists have forecast 10 to 25 mm of rain on Sunday which could increase to a total of 40 to 75 mm if thunderstorms occur on Sunday night. The result could be localized with increased flows confined to small areas. Or the rain could fall more generally throughout the watershed which again raises the possibility of flooding low-lying areas that have already been affected in the Long Reach.  

The Tay in Perth remains a problem with flows limited to the Little Tay. This has caused high flows through Stewart Park. Monitoring of the construction site at the Haggart Island Dams will continue.

Flows in Kemptville Creek have continued to rise despite adjustments to the Oxford Mills Dam. Present flows are below typical spring flows but are ten times the normal for this time of year.

Residents are advised to stay away from rivers as the forecasted weather may rapidly increase river flows, and cause slippery river banks.  Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

For water level and flow information in the Rideau system as well as the Ottawa River, visit the RVCA Streamflows and Water Levels webpage at:

https://www.rvca.ca/watershed-monitoring-reporting/monitoring/surface-water-quantitiy

For more information about conditions on the Ottawa River, check the webpage of the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board at http://ottawariver.ca/river-levels-flows.php#river-levels-flows-7-days .

 

(WCS - 42/2017)

 

 

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Water levels that were already high from rain on Sunday and Monday are expected to increase again if rain forecast for Thursday and Friday falls on the Rideau River watershed.  

About 12 millimetres (mm) of rain fell overnight and as much as 40 mm more is expected. This could cause flows in the Rideau below Mooneys Bay to increase to about 320 cubic metres per second. While not an issue in the lower sections of the system, such flows typically mean flooding of low-lying areas on the Long Reach, the section of the river between Manotick and Burritts Rapids, with the access roads to the river side communities at risk.

High flows on the Tay River in Perth continue with most of the flow directed through the Little Tay which has caused flooding in Stewart Park. The construction site at Haggart Island Dam is being monitored closely.

The forecast rain can be expected to cause increased flows in the smaller streams such as Steven Creek. Residents in North Gower can once again expect to see the banks close to full through to next week.

Residents are advised to stay away from rivers as the forecasted weather may rapidly increase river flows, and cause slippery river banks.  Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

For water level and flow information in the Rideau system as well as the Ottawa River, visit the RVCA Streamflows and Water Levels webpage at: https://www.rvca.ca/watershed-monitoring-reporting/monitoring/surface-water-quantitiy

For more information about conditions on the Ottawa River, check the webpage of the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board at http://ottawariver.ca/river-levels-flows.php#river-levels-flows-7-days .

 

(WCS - 41/2017)

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