While there are many around the world who are suffering amidst this outbreak, we want to take a moment to acknowledge that here, in West Carleton this is now the fourth major incident affecting our communities in the past 3 years.
From all indications, this will likely affect quite a number of our community members over the course of the pandemic.
This outbreak is compounding the stress and anxiety that you and your neighbours are already feeling. Many of our residents continue to struggle with their repairs or rebuilds from the floods or the tornado and others are worried about the upcoming threat of high water.
Please remember that we are all in this together. We are now all experts at stepping up and helping each other, we will need these amazing community support skills in the coming weeks.
Volunteers from WCDR will continue to work on helping families who are struggling with past disasters while keeping our eye on the water levels. Please note that we are looking into alternative ways to host our April 4th meeting and we will keep you all informed as we move forward with our plans.
Visit the West Carleton Food Access Centre is you are in need of food and supplies during this period of social distancing.
2020 RIVER UPDATE
UPDATED: March 31, 2020
NEXT UPDATE April 4, 2020
This spring “Based on the current snow cover and the weather forecast, the Regulating Committee anticipates that the levels … will remain within the normal range. Water levels …are expected to increase gradually over the next few days in response to precipitation.”
From Tuesday through Friday the river level is forecast to rise from Buckham’s Bay to the Deschene’s Rapids at Britannia by about 6 cm to 58.83m, which is the median level for this time of year. The flow on Friday is forecast to reach 2,124 m3/s, which is less than half of the flow needed to cause a flood. Levels in Vydon acres, Moorehead, and Maclaren’s Landing will also be normal.
The current conditions and forecast are available on the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board (ORRPB) web site. The site also contains links to the measurements at key OPG and Hydro Quebec locations.
UPDATED: March 28, 2020
NEXT UPDATE MARCH 31, 2020
The river level has been moving in its normal range of +/- 10cm of 58.5m for the past week. Over the next few days, normal temperatures and 30mm of rain across the valley will melt much of the remaining snow in the lower basin raising water levels significantly however they will stay below flood levels.
It is worth remembering that of the 8 severe floods (>60.0m) in the past 105 years April flooding has only occurred 3 times ( 2019, 1951, and 1922 ), the earliest start was on April 15th. April floods are caused by the lower basin snowmelt and/or exceptional rainfall events. The snowmelt started 3 weeks early this year bringing the snowpack to below-average levels, which is a positive indicator.
Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board (ORRPB) will begin issuing their river forecasts on Monday, March 30, we will update this page on Tuesday. Those using the ORRPB site should note that levels from Buckham's Bay to Britannia are effectively the same when levels are below 59.5m.
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On September 21, 2018 a tornado left a 20 km trail of destruction across the former township of West Carleton,
completely destroying many homes, farms and businesses in Dunrobin & Kinburn.
From the efforts of volunteers the WCDR emerged to bring our five largest communities & our local NGOs together to support survivors of the storm; we are One in Recovery.
The West Carleton communities hit by the tornado are on the road to recovery.
There continue to be many challenges and the volunteers of the WCDR continue to working directly with those
affected, the Red Cross, and our other NGO partners to ensure our donations have the impact our donors expect.