As the Ottawa Valley comes out of Environment Canada’s Rainfall Warning this afternoon the temperature will begin to dip and that means the already wet slippery conditions throughout the region will worsen. The rain has continued across the area for the past two days and should taper out by this evening but then the mercury will slide from well above zero to a low tonight of minus-8 or possibly colder in some spots. Officials are asking that people driving tonight be careful of water that has pooled on the roads as it begins to freeze. As well … parking lots … sidewalks … and driveways continue to be slick and dangerous … so be aware of dangers … as the water turns to a sheet of ice.
Still with the wet weather the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is asking that people be extremely cautious around area waterways especially if you venture onto lakes and rivers as ice conditions may be unstable after the recent rainfall. People also need to be aware for their own safety as well as the safety of children and pets along roadside ditches or areas with fast-flowing water as the slippery conditions mean unstable footing on even flat ground. Water levels are higher as the snow melts and the rain continues to fall so the group is also asking people who are normally susceptible to flooding to be prepared for the worst case scenario and this means making sure your sump pump is working.
Police are asking the public to beware of a popular scam that seems to be popping up in the area once again. In this one people are being offered false employment opportunities … on job sites … internet ads … through emails … texts … or in newspapers. In some cases … if you’ve posted your resume online you may be getting job offers. If you respond to these ads you’re told you’ve gotten the job and are sent payment by cheque … e-transfer … or other means. You’re then told to deposit it into your bank account and send a large portion of the money somewhere else either through pre-paid gift cards or depositing the money into a bank account provided to you by the fraudsters. Once you move that money, the bank calls to tell you the cheque or e-transfer was fraudulent … and your account is overdrawn or frozen. And your money is gone. Police want to remind the public … never to send money to anyone you don’t know or trust.
The Killaloe OPP and Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers need your help in solving a recent break, enter and theft at a church in South Algonquin Township. Sometime between February 10th and 13th an unknown suspect broke into St. Matthew’s Church on Highway 60. An interior door that separates the church from the adjoining living quarters was stolen along with hardware from another interior door. If you have any information on this crime … please call the OPP … or Crime Stoppers.
AND IN SPORTS…
The weekly Canadian Junior Hockey League national Jr A rankings are in for this week and the Carleton Place Canadians are holding on to the #1 spot. After three more wins this past weekend … the Canadians remain in top spot for the sixth straight week and for the 10th time this season. The only other CCHL team in the national top-20 … the Ottawa Jr Senators … are holding steady this week and check in at #6 in the country. Both teams have been the class of the CCHL this season as Carleton Place currently sits in first place with 102 points and Ottawa has 90. The next closest team is Hawkesbury who are 22 points behind the Jr Senators in the standings.
Stay tuned to Valley Heritage Radio this afternoon for Rink Wrap … our hockey talk show. Hosts Geoff Patterson and Adam Noack will bring you up to speed on everything happening on rinks around the Valley and beyond. The show begins right after the 5 o’clock news and runs until 6 p.m. Tonight’s guests will be TSN senior hockey writer Frank Seravilli (sear-ah-villy) … and Kevin Ready, GM for Whitewater Kings.