The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority has issued a caution to residents along the Ottawa River that water levels are expected to increase significantly over the weekend and into next week. However levels are not expected to reach those observed at the height of the flood in 2017 at this time.
Levels are expected to exceed minor flood levels over the Easter weekend in flood prone areas along the Ottawa River at Lake Coulonge, Chats Lake, Britannia / Lac Deschênes, Pointe-Gatineau, Ottawa / Cumberland, Rockland, Thurso and other vulnerable areas down to the Montreal Archipelago.” For updated, detailed information, click on this link: http://www.ottawariver.ca/forecast.php
Meteorological forecasts indicate that two low pressure systems will be combining to produce significant rainfall (30 to 55 mm) throughout the Ottawa River watershed beginning on Thursday. Combined with spring runoff from the central and southern portions of the watershed, this precipitation is expected to cause a rapid and sustained increase in water levels and flows on the main stem of the Ottawa River.
Residents are advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.
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