LEEDS-GRENVILLE – Provincial police and the South Nation Conversation Authority are warning people along the St. Lawrence River to be careful and not to drive through flooded roads or walk or swim through flowing water.
The caution is directed namely to people in low-lying areas of Augusta Township, Edwardsburgh-Cardinal and neighbouring South Dundas in SD&G.
Leeds County O.P.P. is telling people to avoid disaster areas and it may actually hamper rescue efforts and put you in danger.
As for flooded roadways, the concern is the roadbed may be washed out and you can lose control of your vehicle in only a few inches of water, the O.P.P. said.
Sadly, that may be the case in Quebec, where a man and his 2-year-old daughter are missing after their vehicle was swept away in flood water in the Gaspe region.
Locally, motorists are being told to stay off Tuttle Point Road – a road in a land spit, southwest of Johnstown – because onlookers are coming to take pictures of flooding damage.
The South Nation Conversation Authority says water levels along the St. Lawrence River may “increase significantly” and remain high for weeks to come.
According to Rob Caldwell, manager of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Regulation Office of the federal environment ministry, outflows at the Moses-Saunders Dam is being increased to help lower levels.
“(Lake Ontario) should peak within centimeters of the current level,” Caldwell said.