Mississippi Lake water levels have now fallen significantly since their peak earlier in the week. As a result, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) has terminated their flood warning for the entire Mississippi River watershed. Although levels are dropping, MVCA expects that high levels will still remain for another five to seven days. Residents are advised to leave any sandbags in place for a least a week.
Used sandbags should not be emptied into the water and must be discarded, as they are considered contaminated waste and will break down and rot if left sitting. To aid in the cleanup effort, residents may leave used sandbags (no other refuse) in any one of the seven areas around Mississippi Lake where Public Works staff initially dumped loads of sand and sandbags. These locations include:
- Rapids Road
- Grasshopper Point
- Craig’s Shore
- Pretties Island
- First Avenue
Public works staff will be putting signage up at each of the above locations on Monday, May 6 to show where bags can be left. The deadline to leave bags in these locations is Monday, May 27, 2019. Sandbags can always be returned to the municipal garage located at 1920 Drummond Concession 7 at any time, and the Code Road Landfill (745 Code Road) during regular hours. No tipping fees apply for disposal of sandbags at the landfill.
Other Flood-Related Refuse
At present, regular tipping fees are in place for the disposal of flood-related refuse at the landfill and curb. Residents are encouraged to keep all receipts for flood-related disposal fees for submission in insurance claims or other sources of assistance. On Tuesday, May 14, Drummond/North Elmsley Township Council will consider a request to waive tipping fees for residents to dispose of flood-related refuse. Any decision by Council will be communicated following the meeting.
Provincial Financial Assistance
The Township has made a request to the provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs for qualification under the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program, which is an assistance program for full-time residential property owners. The program has not yet been activated, but officials will be visiting affected areas early next week. Any updates on this program will be communicated as soon as they are received.
Wells and Septic Systems
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: https://healthunit.org/.
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: 267-6500 ext. 230