Flood levels expected to decline in Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls Flood
Photo credit: Ken Shirley
Posted on: May 8, 2017

Media Release #3 – Flood Levels Expected to Decline May 8, 2017 @ 2:00PM

Flood levels can be expected to decline through the afternoon today as peaks are being reached on the Rideau and tributaries.

Peak levels have been or are being reached in the lower Rideau watershed downstream of Smiths Falls as runoff from the heavy weekend rains passes through the system. The general indication is that levels are stabilizing and will decline over the afternoon.

Pedestrian Bridges in Smiths Falls remain closed and some paths along the canal have been barricaded off (with signage). Please stay tuned to the Town’s webpage ( www.smithsfalls.ca ) and our Facebook page for updates.

Driving or walking in flowing water is not advised. Parents need to inform children about the dangers of going near flooded areas and fast moving water in streams and ditches. Town staff and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority staff will continue to monitor conditions and will issue updates as warranted.

Please use extreme caution and stay away from the water.