LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM FLOOD RESPONSE: COUNTY DIRECTOR
6/16/2017 4:37:30 PM


The water has receeded, clean up is underway and applications are being filed, but the spring flood is still a heavy topic of conversation at the county level. At a recent Health committee meeting, held off site at the Bonnechere Manor in Renfrew, the committee heard from Director of Emergency Services, Mike Nolan, who gave them a brief run down of the numbers, including; 390 residential homes and 440 seasonal homes flooded, 71 road closures, 250 000 sand bags, over 1000 volunteers, two landslides and zero panic. And though the worst of it is behind the county, there is still work to be done according to Nolan. He says they have a lot to learn as a municipal government about the provincial government and the military. He said it's an opportunity lost if they don't do a forensic study of this experience and how to better prepare ourselves moving forward. He told the committee a third party, who quietly observed, is preparing a report that should be presented to council in August. He also said it would be naive to think this couldn't happen again. We went from near drought levels in the fall to severe flooding in the spring. It could all repeat again next year with the higher than usual water tables.
   

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