Andre Chartrand works on a sandbag wall near his property on Gull Road in Laurentian Valley Township. He and his wife Janice have lived there for 13 years and this is the worst flooding they have seen. Laurentian Valley declared a state of emergency late Saturday afternoon.
Tina Peplinskie / Observer and News
LAURENTIAN VALLEY – The township has declared a state of emergency due to flooding.After further assessment of the current flooding situation by members of the Township of Laurentian Valley’s Municipal Emergency Control Group convened at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Mayor Steve Bennett declared an emergency due to the flooding occurring in conjunction with the 2019 Spring Flooding Freshet in the Township of Laurentian Valley. This was declared under the Emergency Management and Protection Act.Rising water levels pose an ongoing threat to the property, health and safety of residents. Water levels have continued to rise and flood levels are forecasted to exceed the levels experienced in 2017. One of the hardest hit by the flooding is the Forest Park Road area with a portions of Sullivan Point Road closed because they are under water and properties along Gull Road flooded despite the best efforts of the homeowners to protect their homes.Andre and Janice Chartrand were fighting a losing battle late Saturday afternoon as a portion of their sandbag wall collapsed. Luckily friends came with a trailer load of sandbags that volunteers had been filling at George Matheson Park.In 2007 the Chartrands saved their house thanks to sandbags and pumps which helped it stay dry, but Janice feared the wost this time around.“I’m afraid I’m going to lose my house tonight,” she said defeated from the nearly two-week battle against Mother Nature and the rising Ottawa River.The couple has lived in the house on Gull Road for 13 years but this is the highest water level Janice has seen. Because of the river level in 2017, that is why the Chartrands started with the sandbags so early this time around.“In 2017 it was the only time we flooded, but this is way worse,” she said.She is thankful of the support of family and friends who have been assisting.
Volunteers worked to fill sandbags at George Matheson Park on Forest Park Road in Laurentian Valley late Saturday. At the peak, about 50 people were at the park filling sandbags. The township declared a state of emergency Saturday due to flooding in the township. TINA PEPLINSKIE / OBSERVER AND NEWS
Property owners and residents requiring sand and sandbags can access the sandbag filling site at George Matheson Park at 630 Forest Park Road. Staff will continue to monitor the supplies at the park. Should bags or sand be depleted you can contact the township office at 613-735- 6291 (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 pm), or the after-hours emergency contact number at 613-735-6070. As a reminder, owners are responsible for their own placement and removal of sandbags and should be careful not to overload vehicles when transporting sandbags.For safety, all property owners should monitor weather conditions, continue to check for updated messages and exercise caution near fast-moving water. Residents should take appropriate precautions to protect their property and their own personal safety. Information is available on the township website or by contacting the township on the safety of wells, septic systems and electricity in flooded areas.The Township of Laurentian Valley is monitoring the situation closely. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board and will be posted to the Township website at http://www.lvtownship.ca and also on the township’s Facebook Page.Some roads in the township have also experienced flooding and we urge people to avoid travelling on those roads when it is not necessary. Please note some township services may be affected as municipal resources are deployed to deal with the flooding emergency.TPeplinskie@postmedia.comTwitter.com/TPeplinskie ALSO IN THE NEWS:Lighthouse at Pembroke Marina topples as Ottawa River continues to riseSouthwest of Ottawa, Ontario’s Mississippi River turns mighty New areas under threat as Ottawa River floodwaters to exceed record levels of 2017