Exercise caution around water with heavy rain: RRCA, SNCA

GLEN WALTER/FINCH – The region’s conservation authorities are cautioning people to be careful around riverbanks and streams with all the rain the region has been receiving.

Environment Canada has forecast a three day total of around 50 millimeters of rain (2 inches), which should end later today (Wednesday).

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority says rivers haven’t breached their banks “for the most part” and wide scale flooding is not expected, in a statement on Wednesday around 11 a.m.

But it is cautioning people to be careful around bodies of water and that “high flows, unsafe banks and melting ice could be dangerous.”

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority governs the watershed in Glengarry County, Stormont County and the City of Cornwall.

For the balance of SD&G, covered by the South Nation Conservation Authority, a similar so-called “water safety statement” was issued last week and is in effect until Friday (Feb. 23).

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, a rainfall warning remained in effect for the region with a further 5-10 millimeters (0.2-0.4 inches) today.

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