Notice to Residents in areas prone to flooding along the Otonabee River

Date:  January 20, 2020                                 

Message:

The Township of Cavan Monaghan, in conjunction with Trent Severn Waterway and the Otonabee Regional Conservation Authority (ORCA) Flood Warning (Message 2020-05), issued January 19, 2020 at 3:30 p.m., advises all residents in the Otonabee River area that flooding is occurring or imminent.

The potential for the formation of frazil ice in conjunction with the sub-zero temperatures causes a damming affect that may cause flood conditions and the sudden rapid rise of water levels.

We have been advised that current conditions may worsen.

All residents along the Otonabee River in Cavan Monaghan, in low lying and flood prone areas are asked to take immediate action for their personal safety and valued property, and to monitor the water levels in their area.

Residents are asked to make arrangements for alternate accommodations for their safety, if and when required.

The Cavan Monaghan Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) will be monitoring the situation on an on-going basis until the water level subsides.

During flood situations emergency services response, including Police, Fire and EMS, will be significantly affected. Response times may be greatly lengthened and/or service may be inhibited due to flooded roads and lanes.

To obtain current water levels & operations along the Trent-Severn Waterways, please refer to the Trent-Severn Waterway’s Water Management InfoNet available at: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/info/infonet/niveau-eau-water-levels

The ORCA Flood Watch Hotline can be contacted for updates at 705-745-5791, Ext 228.