Mississippi Mills Flood Update – May 2, 2019

Posted on Thursday May 02, 2019

Beginning early this week, water levels on the Mississippi River have begun to recede. The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) has downgraded our area from a flood warning to a flood watch. The Municipality will continue to monitor and keep residents informed.

Over the next days, weeks and months those impacted by the flood will begin to clean-up and rebuild their homes. There are likely a lot of questions on next steps to take, funding available and how you can help. To learn more, visit the Emergency Preparedness page of the Municipal website as well as information shared on our newsfeed.

Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO)

The Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program provides financial assistance to individuals, small owner-operated businesses, farmers and not-for-profit organizations. To qualify, the Ministry must first activate the area.

In order to ensure that the Ministry was aware of the situation in Mississippi Mills, the Municipality throughout the flooding has been in touch with the ministry representative to provide status updates as well as identifying the need for provincial support. In addition, Mayor Lowry sent a letter to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing formally requesting that a Provincial Disaster Assessment Team (PDAT) come to Mississippi Mills to examine the areas affected by flooding in Mississippi Mills. 

In response, the Ministry has confirmed that a representative will come to Mississippi Mills and neighbouring municipalities to assess the areas that have been impacted by the flooding. Following the assessment, the PDAT may make a recommendation to the Minister to activate the impacted area. Note that a State of Emergency does not need to be declared in order to request the Provincial Disaster Assessment Team's assistance.  

Updates will be provided to advise if the Minister has activated Mississippi Mills to be eligible for DRAO.

Wells and Septic Systems

Many wells and septic systems are currently under water and may not be safe to drink. Until your water is tested, please continue to drink bottled water. Once water levels have receded, residents are encouraged to consider disinfecting and testing well water before consuming.  Water testing kits are available at no cost at the Municipal Office located at 3131 Old Perth 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/ as well as the Municipal website: https://www.mississippimills.ca/en/live/emergencypreparedness.asp

Sandbag disposal 

Over the course of the flooding, the Municipality made available more than 30,000 sandbags. There will need to be a considerable amount of clean-up required to properly dispose of these sandbags. Sandbags that have come into contact with flood waters must be treated as contaminated waste and be discarded as per Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.  Sandbags should not be emptied into the water or on a property.  

Sandbags can be disposed (at no charge) at the following location:

  • Howie Road Recycling Depot, 1470 Howie Road Carp
    Wednesdays from 3pm-7pm or Saturdays 9am-1pm 

Sandbag disposal is the responsibility of the property owner.  However, due to the unusual levels of flooding experienced this spring, the Municipality will help residents in areas with significant flooding by picking up sandbags at the following designated areas (signage will be placed in the near future). Sandbags should be placed at these locations prior to the pickup dates: 

  • Birch Point Lane: Pick-up May 13th and 21st
  • Montgomery Park: Pick-up  May 13th and 21st  
  • Wellington Park: Pick-up May 15th
  • Water Street (north entrance of Fairgrounds): Pick-up May 15th

Debris and Object Disposal

Any other objects that have come into contact with flood waters must be treated as contaminated waste and be discarded as per Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.  Debris such as building materials, carpets, furniture or personal effects, can be disposed at:

  • The Beckwith Transfer Station, 9271 Cavanagh Road Carleton Place
     Monday to Friday 7am-5pm and Saturday 7am-12pm.
    (fees may apply)

Dump passes can be used to offset the cost of disposal for these items.  All taxpayers receive two annual 250kg passes with their August tax bill for the following year.   If you have lost your passes, you can call 613-256-2064 ext. 258 for re-issue of your personal passes for 2019. Note that the Beckwith Transfer Station will also accept sand and sandbags however there is a fee associated.

Volunteers

Over the past couple of weeks, the community has come together to support residents in the flood impacted areas. Hundreds of volunteers have come out to lend their time, resources and support to those affected. In the coming weeks, there will also be a need for volunteers to help residents with clean-up efforts. If you are available to help, please e-mail town@mississippimills.ca to register as a volunteer. The Municipality will be in touch with more information in the near future.