With a significant weather statement in effect for the region, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) is urging residents to expect some significant rain.
The organization has put out a “watershed conditions statement,” saying that up to 40 millimetres of rain is expected to fall locally on Friday, before the temperature drops below zero in the evening.
“Although no significant flooding is anticipated,” the statement reads, “water levels and flows are expected to increase in all waterways in the Rideau Valley Watershed in the coming days.”
Residents living next to small bodies of water like creeks and streams are encouraged to make sure their sump pumps are clear and working properly, that they have a backup pump and generator ready in case they lose power, and that any valuables are removed from their basements in case of flooding.
Parents and pet owners are also being urged to keep a close eye on their kids and animals around any bodies of water, in case they fall through any unstable ice.
The statement is in effect until Monday, December 26th, at 5:00 PM, or until the organization puts out an update.