Staff from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) say the unusually mild winter might lead to more flooding than usual as the season transitions into spring.
The organization has issued a flood outlook statement, saying that water levels in some areas are higher than average for this time of year, alongside the water content in the snow, which could lead to flooding in low-lying areas.
“With changing levels expected over the coming weeks, ice cover on lakes, ditches, local streams and rivers will continue to be unstable,” the announcement reads. “Extreme caution should be exercised by everyone when near local water bodies. Parents should inform their children of the risks and provide appropriate supervision.”
Staff members say people living in low-lying and flood prone areas should take steps to make sure their homes are prepared, like ensuring their sump pumps are working properly, having backup generators and pumps ready if the power goes out, and securing anything that could float away.
The flood outlook statement is in effect until March 24th, but RVCA members say it could be extended or updated in the future.