On Sunday afternoon, Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet declared an emergency in the town because of the risk of already high flood waters rising even further because of precipitation and the freshet from the north which has yet to come through. Sunday morning, the Ottawa River had come up enough to leave the tourist information boards and park benches at Petawawa Point about 30 feet offshore.
Anthony Dixon / Observer and News
PETAWAWA – Mayor Bob Sweet has declared an emergency in the town in light of the threat of increased flood water conditions in the town’s two major river systems.Members of the Town of Petawawa Emergency Control Group met at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon to discuss the threat of continued rising waters in both the Petawawa and Ottawa Rivers. More rain is forecasted for later this week and with the runoff from the northern Ontario region spring melt still to realized, Sweet declared an emergency as there is increased potential for additional flood water conditions in Petawawa. The declaration was made under the Emergency Management and Protection Act.In a statement released Sunday evening, the Town of Petawawa stated it is continuing to monitor the situation.By issuing an emergency declaration, the Town has the ability, if required, to seek other resources and supports and can enact other measurers not available without such declaration.Property owners who require sandbags can contact the Petawawa Public Works Department at 613-687-5536 during business hours or at 1-855-539-7610 after hours. Sand to fill sand bags is available at Risto Road, Southshore Drive, Tall Pines Road, end of Shamess Road, Deer Run Trail, and Melody Trail Road. If other locations are required please advise public works.Area parks, Centennial Park and Petawawa Point are experiencing cresting waters and high levels of flow. Both these parks are closed to public access. Residents and visitors are advised to refrain from entering those areas.The municipality has closed, Rantz Road from civic addresses 67-268 and local traffic only is permitted on River Drive.For safety purposes, the Town recommends all residents continue to monitor weather conditions and check for updated messages. People should exercise extreme caution around fast moving water. Residents should take appropriate precautions to protect their property and provide for their own safety. Information is available on the Town of Petawawa website at www.petawawa.ca.