The crazy winter weather continues today as the Ottawa Valley is under a Rainfall Warning with the wet stuff expected to fall through the day and into Wednesday morning. And with the mercury climbing and very mild temperatures the snow is melting quickly and this may mean slippery road conditions as well as dangerous driveways … sidewalks … and parking lots. We may see anywhere between 25 and 40 mm of rain throughout the day and night and temperatures well above seasonal. In fact, looking ahead for the next two weeks daytime highs in the Valley are expected to be above zero each day. The normal daytime high for this time of year is minus-3.
Still with the weather, today’s significant rain and melting snow may cause river flows and lake levels to rise. And you need to be careful. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority says that going on iced over waterbodies is not advisable for the next several days until levels decline and colder temperatures can restore the integrity of the ice. As the snowmelt and rain runoff moves through the system the ice cover can be expected to shift and, in some places, break up. This could lead to ice jamming at culverts and bridges which could cause localized flooding. Ponding water on the surface will make walking on the ice treacherous. Parents should ensure that children understand the hazards of playing around watercourses in the winter and all watershed residents are advised to stay off of the ice on rivers and streams and avoid icy and snow covered streambanks where footing can be unpredictable.
If you receive a phone call from Stats Canada this week, it’s legitimate and not a scam. Telephone surveys will be carried out by Statistics Canada from February 19th to the 23rd. Roughly 2,000 households will be contacted on behalf of the County of Renfrew Economic Development Division as they look for feedback on how to improve services in the areas of tourism outdoor recreation … shopping … and employment. The survey is totally voluntary and interviewers from Stats Can will identify themselves to you once they call. For further information on the survey … or to verify that it’s legitimate … you call 1-855-634-2360.
Two men familiar with how Ottawa Valley Waste Management operates have been re-elected to the Board of Directors. Laurentian Valley Mayor Steve Bennett will return as Chair and Petawawa Deputy Mayor Tom Mohns will be back as Vice-Chair. Bennett will serve his 15th year as Chair while Mohns will be back for year #13. The Board is responsible to operate and manage the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre on behalf of the Partner Municipalities of the Town of Petawawa … City of Pembroke … Township of Laurentian Valley … and Township of North Algona Wilberforce. The Waste Recovery Centre is responsible for providing the municipalities with waste processing services for recycling … organics … construction and demolition materials … landfill … hazardous waste … and electronic waste. Also on the Board this term are Pembroke Councillor Andrew Plummer and North Algona Wilberforce Councillor Melvin Berndt.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL … the Carleton Place Canadians had a huge Family Day weekend on the ice with three wins to increase their lead atop the league standings. The downed Brockville 3-1 and 3-2 in back-to-back games and wrapped up the long weekend by beating Smiths Falls 7-2 on Monday afternoon. Nick Pryce led the way on Monday with a pair of goals and an assist while Jeremie Forget picked up two wins and Michael Leach grabbed one as the Canadians now led the CCHL with 102 points in 57 games -12 points up on second place Ottawa.
The Pembroke Lumber Kings picked up 3 of a possible four points on the weekend beating Kanata 5-3 on Saturday but fell 6-5 to Smiths Falls in a shootout Sunday. Jake Brien had a goal and four assists against the Bears and Casey Rhodes had a goal and a helper against Kanata. Jake Smith picked up a win and Darian MacTavish stopped 32 shots but lost Sunday’s shootout.
AND … in the CCHL-2 … it wasn’t a good weekend on the ice for the local teams as they came up empty in the win column with the exception of the Renfrew Timberwolves who won one game. Renfrew beat Winchester 4-2 yesterday …led by two goals from Connor Noonan. Renfrew did drop their other game a 4-2 decision to Carleton Place. The Arnprior Packers lost all three of their games falling 6-5 to Brockville; 8-1 to Casselman; and 8-1 to Carleton Place. And the Whitewater Kings fell 4-1 to Perth; 6-4 to Carleton Place and 2-1 to Ottawa West.