Flood Outlook: Ottawa River

22-Jan-2016 22-Jan-2016

SOUTH NATION JURISDICTION ALONG THE OTTAWA RIVER – South Nation Conservation cautions residents in the Township of Alfred-Plantagenet that water levels in the Ottawa River will remain high for the upcoming weekend.

Ice formation and high flows along the Ottawa River are contributing to high water levels and some localized flooding.

The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board is forecasting that water levelson the main stem of the Ottawa River between Gatineau and Grenville have stabilized but remain elevated due to ice obstructions in combination with high flows. Water levels are above the minor flooding threshold at many locations on this reach of the river and are expected to remain high over the coming week. Flows are expected to continue to decrease slowly but will remain above seasonal averages for the next few weeks 

Residents are advised to stay away from the Ottawa River as these conditions may cause slippery river banks and weakened ice cover. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

SNC staff will continue to monitor the water levels as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning program and will provide on update on January 25, 2016.

Residents in this area can report changes in water levels to; post on our Facebook (/SouthNationConservation); or Tweet us your photos (@SouthNationCA).

Additional information on Ottawa River levels can be found at

For more information, please contact Sandra Mancini at 1-877-984-2948 ext. 223 or