Township of Drummond/North Elmsley – The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) has indicated that flow levels from the Clyde River have slowed and water levels around Mississippi Lake have either stabilized or begun to fall. Township staff continued to visit affected areas throughout the weekend and this morning and have observed lower flood levels in areas including the Pretties Island causeway. Despite these improvements, Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement calling for more rain beginning on Wednesday which has the potential to maintain or increase water levels once again. The Township will be monitoring conditions closely and filled sandbags are still available for those in need.
The Township of Drummond/North Elmsley has made a request to the Province of Ontario for consideration under the provincial Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program, which is a funding assistance program for full-time residential property owners. Residents are encouraged to save all receipts from flood-related expenses and further information will be provided once program eligibility is confirmed with the province.
Many wells and septic systems are currently under water. Special considerations must be taken when restarting the use of a well or septic system after a flood such as disinfecting and testing well water. Water testing kits are available at no cost at the Township office located at 310 Port Elmsley Road or the municipal waste site located at 745 Code Road. Further information on restarting wells and septic systems after a flood can be found on the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit website.
Once floodwaters recede, sandbags and any other objects that have come into contact with flood waters should be treated as contaminated waste and discarded. Sandbags should not be emptied into the water or on a property and can be dropped off at either the Drummond garage (1920 Drummond Concession 7), or the municipal waste site located at 745 Code Road. Municipal tipping fees will not be charged for used sandbags, although fees are currently still in place for all other waste. Residents using the waste site to dispose of flood-damaged materials are encouraged to save receipts in the event that refunds may be given at a later date.
Updated road closure maps can be viewed by visiting http://www.Municipal511.ca
In the event of an emergency, dial 911. For further information, the Township website and Facebook Page are Drummond/North Elmsley’s official sources of information. They are updated regularly.
For more information, contact:
Reid Shepherd, Emergency Information Officer
Township of Drummond/North Elmsley, 310 Port Elmsley Road
Perth, Ontario K7H 3C7
Phone (direct): 613-200-0964