Laurentian Valley Declaration of Emergency Termination

JULY 8TH, 2019

As of 12:30 pm on July 8th, 2019, Mayor Steve Bennett has issued a declaration officially terminating the State of Emergency that was declared for the Township of Laurentian Valley declared under the Emergency Management and Protection Act, as a result of the Spring 2019 flooding that impacted the Township. The termination of the emergency does not impact recovery efforts that are still ongoing, nor any Provincial funding programs.

We do note that many ratepayers are still dealing with clean-up, recovery and rebuilding. For ratepayers with question on clean-up and debris management contact the Township office.

Everyone experiences impacts from a stressful event like flooding differently, and impacts can be on both physical and emotional health. It is important to remember that there are a variety of resources available to assist anyone who needs to help dealing with the impacts or who just needs someone to talk to. Information on a variety of resources are posted on the Township website or are available by contacting the Township office. Stressful events, such as flooding, require communities to come together. If you or someone you know is experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, grief, worry, anger or suicide, contact a crisis line, 24/7: for persons ages 16 or older contact 1-866-996-0991 and for persons ages 18 and under contact 1-877-377-7775.

Help is also available for ratepayers filing applications under the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program. A presentation which walks you through how to complete an application, as well as opportunities for in-person assistance, will be available at 4 sessions being held throughout the County of Renfrew. As a reminder, the deadline for filing a DRAO application is August 27, 2019. You can attend any session that works for your schedule. The session being held in Laurentian Valley will be at the Shady Nook Recreation Centre at 80 Richardson Crescent, on Wednesday July 24th, 2019, starting at 1:00 pm with a presentation at 3:00 p.m.

An additional daytime session is being held Tuesday July 23rd, 2019 starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Eagles Nest at 178 Jane Street, Eganville ON; and evening sessions starting at 6:30 p.m.are being held on Tuesday July 23rd, 2019 at the Westmeath Arena at 119 Synton Street, Westmeath ON and on Wednesday July 24th, 2019 at the Horton Community Centre at 1005 Castleford Road, Horton ON.

Once again we would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers that have been helping throughout the flooding and clean-up. We would also like to thank ratepayers for their patience as staff are catching up on tasks that were delayed while municipal resources were being focussed on dealing with the flooding event.
For further information, contact:
CEMC - Lauree Armstrong – 613-735-6291, ext. 203 or via email at
Mayor Steve Bennett – 613-735-6580 or via email at
CAO/Clerk – Dean Sauriol – 613-735-6291, ext. 206 or via email at