Spring Watershed Preparation Resource Page - Flood Watch


Flooding is the leading cause of public emergency in Ontario.

Flooding can happen at any time.  Heavy rains, snowmelt, spring break up and ice jams, wind-related storm surges, or the failure of dams can all cause flooding.

Monitoring weather and flood conditions is a shared responsibility of Conservation Authorities, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Environment Canada. The MNRF Surface Water Monitoring Centre (www.ontario.ca/flooding) monitors weather forecasts and water levels across the province.

Conservation Authorities and the MNRF are responsible for forecasting where and when flooding is likely to occur, and issuing appropriate messages.

The County of Renfrew DOES NOT have a Conservation Authority and therefore all flood messaging is issued through the MNRF to municipal emergency management officials and the media.  The municipal officials then take action to warn local residents. Advance warning of an impending flood allows municipalities and other government agencies to put emergency response plans into action, and if necessary, evacuate communities.

Where can you find out if there is a flood warning in your area?

The Town of Petawawa will post all flood messages issued by the MNRF.   These message may also be obtained at www.ontario.ca/ministry-natural-resources-and-forestry.

What if a flood message is issued for your area?

  1. Take heed of the message issued.
  2. Be prepared to follow the instructions of emergency response officials.

April 18, 2019
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Pembroke District is advising area residents that a  Flood Watch is in effect in Renfrew County unitl Thursday, April 25, 2019 as there is potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for significant rainfall and as part of the regular seasonal melt. 

Residents should regularily check for updates and excercise extreme caution around fast moving rivers and streams.  Residents in historic flood plains should ensure their property is secure and that sump pumps are functioning.  See weekly bulletins below.

Renfrew County & District Health Unit - Information on Floods