Heavy rain this weekend expected to lift river

Special to WC Online

WEST CARLETON – Environment Canada says to expect a heavy downpour this weekend and riverside residents are keeping their eyes on the river because of it.

“Rain is expected throughout the weekend and into Monday (May 1),” Environment Canada released in a statement today (April 29).

Total rainfall amounts of 30 to 50 mm are expected through Sunday (April 30) night with the heaviest rainfall also expected Sunday night. Rain is expected to begin late this morning (April 29) or early this afternoon.

“Rain will begin late this morning or early this afternoon and then taper off to either light rain or scattered showers Sunday morning,” Environment Canada released in a statement today. “Heavier rain is expected to move in Sunday evening and end by Monday afternoon. Multi-day rainfall totals of 30 to 50 mm could worsen the situation for sensitive areas.”

For information concerning flooding, please consult your local Conservation Authority or Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry office. Visit Ontario.ca/floods for the latest details.

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is expecting the Ottawa River to rise because of the large amount of rain causing anxiety amongst riverside residents who spent last week preparing for major flood levels.

“The Ottawa River Regulating Committee (ORRC) anticipates water levels along the main stem of the Ottawa River will rise again next week, possibly exceeding major flood thresholds,” the MVCA said.

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