Public Invited to Open House on Natural Hazard Mapping

07-Mar-2019 07-Mar-2019

Extreme weather makes the news frequently. Locally, South Nation Conservation (SNC) reduces risk to life and damage to property by providing municipalities and residents with advance notice of potential flooding.

Flood forecasting responds to weather events experienced in a watershed and compares them over time. Flood forecasting and warning is also an important response to intense precipitation events.

In addition to flood forecasting, SNC is currently updating and improving floodplain and slope-stability maps for the City of Ottawa contained within SNC’s jurisdiction.

This year’s focus has included the areas of the Middle Castor River from the intersection of Snake Island Road and Greys Creek Road to Victoria Street; Buckles Creek from Pearl Street to Stagecoach Road; and Ebbers Creek from Albert Bouwers Circle to 9th Line Road.

SNC invites Ottawa residents to attend a public open house to view and comment on the new natural hazard maps. The open house will take place on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Metcalfe Community Centre (2785 8th Line Road, Metcalfe).

“We are particularly interested in historical information that residents may be able to provide for these watercourses,” said Sandra Mancini, SNC’s Team Lead, Engineering. Mancini invites residents to bring along photos, news clippings, and anecdotal stories to compare to natural hazard maps.

Mapping will be used by the City and SNC when updating official plans and zoning schedules, and in reviewing other Planning Act applications. “The ultimate goal of the mapping is to help ensure safe development,” added Mancini. “It’s all about keeping people and property safe.”

SNC staff will be on-hand at the public house to respond to any questions from property owners and residents.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Sandra Mancini, Team Lead, Engineering, 1-877-984-2948 ext. 223,