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Spring storm to increase water levels in Rideau Valley

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is issuing a water safety message for the entire Rideau Valley Watershed.

A Colorado Low is expected to bring significant precipitation to the region, starting Wednesday, April 3, and lasting through Thursday, April 4. The precipitation will fall as a mix of snow and rain. Exact amounts are unknown, but up to 30 mm of rain and 20 cm of snow is possible. Thankfully, water levels and flows are generally low and soil moisture levels are also low across the Rideau Valley watershed.

While significant flooding is not anticipated, water levels and flows in all waterways are expected to increase, especially in smaller tributaries and streams.

The authority says extreme caution should be exercised by everyone when near local waterbodies. Parents should inform their children of the risks and provide appropriate supervision. They add pets should be leashed near all bodies of water.

This watershed conditions statement is in effect until Wednesday, April 10, at 5 p.m. unless the forecast or conditions change.

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