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.
BE FLOOD READY
2020 RIVER UPDATE
Wednesday May 6, 2020
There is no flood risk from the 2020 spring freshet; ORRPB has forecast that runoff due to snowmelt and the April 30th precipitation event has peaked in the northern and central portions of the basin. The level along Lac Deschene’s/Constance Bay peaked at 59.20m today and is expected to begin declining toward summer levels on Friday.
Other things aside, the 2020 freshet has been very routine; March started out warm with about 130% of average snow bringing us a routine first peak of 59.59m, 30th overall, that came a little earlier than usual on April 10. A dry and cool April stretched out the run-off season bringing today’s very average second peak of 59.20m, 53rd overall.
The recorded “April 4 Public Meeting” presentation that ORRPB made for West Carleton is now available on youtube. To make the material more digestible it has been split into one 21 minute video discussing the factors that can and can’t contribute to spring flooding here ( https://youtu.be/vbuZYSmfsfQ ) and a 49 minute presentation on the operation of the reservoirs & dams, including Cabonga and Chats Falls (https://youtu.be/Gf79FT-zhV8 ).
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on programs and services that may become available to assist with your flood recovery.
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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.