Spring Freshet Update from the Township of Laurentian Valley issued April 8 2020




Laurentian Valley, ON
As the Spring Freshet season has commenced and given the experiences of last year and the current COVID-19 situation, the Township wanted to provide an update and explain Township actions being taken.
The most current information issued by the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board on April 7, 2020 advises as follows:
“With recent warming temperatures, the spring thaw continues and is causing water levels and flows on the Ottawa River to increase from Mattawa down to the Montreal region.  Increases in flows and levels are expected to continue over the next few days and may cause minor flooding in low-lying areas.  Low-lying areas are those that are flooded regularly during the spring freshet period.”
Mayor Steve Bennett says: “As we understand that some apprehension may be high this year given what everyone experienced last year and also dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we do want to reassure residents that the Township is continuing to diligently monitor the situation.  In response to some requests from residents we have made the decision to go ahead and place some sand at George Matheson Park but we want to take this opportunity to reassure residents that this is not because we are currently expecting to see flood levels significantly rise, but rather to respond to some resident requests ahead of the Easter weekend.”
The Township will continue to monitor the situation on the Ottawa River and other rivers around the Township during the Spring Freshet.  The sand stockpile will be replenished at George Matheson Park as needed.  If requests for sandbags increase, a stockpile will be placed at the sandbag depot, however, at this time we would request that anyone requiring sandbags contact the Township office during regular office hours at 613-735-6291 or in the event you have an emergency need for empty sandbags after hours or on weekends or holidays, you can contact the Township after-hours emergency number at 613-735-6070.
For updates on the Ottawa River conditions check the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board website at www.ottawariver.ca which provides regular updates and forecasts.  As a reminder, for the Sullivan Point Road/Gull Road/Forest Park Road Area you should look to the projected rise in the level for Lac Coulonge as indicated on their tables.
For more information and to view the Township Flooding Event Response Level of Service policy you can visit the Township website at www.lvtownship.ca or contact 613-735-6291 Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.
Stay safe, stay home as much as possible and when out maintain physical distancing and follow all other Public Health recommendations related to COVID-19.
Lauree J. Armstrong, CEMC (Community Emergency Management Coordinator)
Township of Laurentian Valley
larmstrong@lvtownship.ca Phone 613-735-6291 ext 203