Flood watch April 28 Warden declares emergency in Renfrew County

3:00 p.m.  Madawaska Valley advises that Kamaniskeg Lake may have reduced slightly overnight but is anticipated to increase over the next 12 hours due to releases from Bark Lake. Staff is monitoring and will continue to update when information is available. Sand bags and sand are available. (See below for Madawaska Valley emergency information.)

1:00 p.m.  Renfrew County Warden Jennifer Murphy announced, “Today I have declared a state of emergency for Renfrew County, with the focus on supporting the local municipalities that are being directly impacted by the flooding here in the county.” The County notice advises that rising water levels pose an ongoing threat to the property, health and safety of residents. Flood levels are currently exceeding the historic levels seen in 2017. Additional significant runoff and rainfall are being forecasted, and water levels will continue to rise. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has issued a Flood Warning for Renfrew County. For safety, all residents should monitor weather conditions, check for updated messages, and exercise caution near fast-moving water. Residents should take appropriate precautions to protect their property in safety-oriented manner. (Click HERE to read the full declaration.) As of today Whitewater Region, Horton, McNab/Braesiide, Laurentian Valley and Greater Madawaska have declared a state of emergency.

Call the Madawaska Valley Township office at 613-756-2747 to register for sandbags, or alternatively, the Operations Manager at 613-633-6164 or the Operations Supervisor at 613-639-5313. If required sand can be delivered to additional central locations for sandbagging. Sand and sandbags are available at:

  • Barry’s Bay- Public Works Garage Yard 1- 49 Arena Rd
  • Combermere-Fire Hall/Combermere Community Ctr-1095 Farmer Rd
  • Contact the Operations Manager 613-633-6164 for sand to be delivered at your location if required.

Additional information is available on the Madawaska Valley website. Click HERE to visit.

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