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David schools us on flood danger

Saturday, March 22, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

SooToday.com received the following letter from David Orazietti on the ins and outs of flood response in Ontario.

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This has been a particularly cold winter with significant snowfall in many parts of the province. 

With the official arrival of spring and warming temperatures, the risk of flooding increases. 

I would like to let you know how my ministry responds to flooding and how ministry staff can help during flood season.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is responsible for flood forecasting and warning at the provincial level in Ontario.

We work closely with the province’s 36 conservation authorities and Environment Canada to forecast when and where flooding is likely to occur.

The ministry and conservation authorities monitor watershed and weather conditions to predict water levels and flows, and issue flood messages.

Flood messages help municipalities notify the public of developing unsafe river and lake conditions and advise them to take precautions. 

In areas where conservation authorities do not exist, MNR District offices provide flood information to local municipalities and the media.

Local governments are then responsible for communicating messages to the public and for first-line emergency response. 

The ministry’s Surface Water Monitoring Centre monitors flood conditions 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is able to contact MNR District Offices and conservation authorities immediately with updates.

When the risk of flooding is high, the Surface Water Monitoring Centre issues flood messages to the appropriate conservation authorities and MNR District offices by email, fax and, if after hours, by phone. 

This information is also shared with partners and key stakeholders, such as Ontario Power Generation, CN-CP Rail, the Ministry of Transportation, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, and isolated First Nation communities.

The ministry’s Emergency Management network is also activated when required.

The ministry has regular daily contact with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management about current conditions and flood potential.

To see the ministry’s current flood messages, go to www.ontario.ca/flooding.

The ministry is making every effort to keep the people of Ontario informed, to provide reliable and immediate updates and to limit the effects of flooding as much as possible.

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

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ThinkAgain 3/22/2014 2:16:16 PM Report

"Flood messages help municipalities notify the public"

We were not properly informed last year, at best we were informed weeks after the fact.
iamtc 3/22/2014 2:30:17 PM Report

Ontario is sinking like the liberal party
mosquitos 3/22/2014 3:59:56 PM Report

I hate this Liberal government, with the ugliest, ugliest premier ever.
ohsosonic 3/22/2014 5:29:51 PM Report

iamtc. hear. hear. liberals must go.
rockbanger 3/22/2014 5:55:34 PM Report

King David and his Liberal gang of Fascist Pigs have taxed and spent this province into huge debt levels.

He is the Minister of Financial Disaster.

He is however a flood expert.
His pal Dalton and himself have allowed floods of money to go unaccounted for and will leave a legacy of money poorly spent.

God help Ontario if we are stupid enough to re-elect them again.



Boomer4771 3/22/2014 6:53:03 PM Report

Make sure the east davignon gets diverted as much as possible from running in the back yards of the peoples homes. This creek should be shut down totally before a child or adult ends up drowning in their back yards that they pay taxes on.
Boomer4771 3/22/2014 6:56:06 PM Report

Liberals are crooks and the PCs aren't any better... NDP gets my vote.
drdm 3/22/2014 7:11:39 PM Report

Boomer, maybe you are too young to remember Bob Rae almost running the province into bankruptcy? Even he decided it wasn't a good party so he jumped ship.
ThinkAgain 3/22/2014 8:06:11 PM Report

Lets face it we have a 3 ring circus and we pay for there enjoyment
KFM 3/22/2014 8:22:11 PM Report

The biggest problem with Rae was they won and they didn't exspect to. They were lost from day one. Might have done a good job if, and thats a big IF, they actually thought and where prepared to win.
teets 3/22/2014 8:59:28 PM Report

I would have liked to talk to David O personally when I called the ministry regarding an overflowing creek in my backyard. The "nice" receptionist basically informed me that I should have been more aware of my surroundings when I purchased my house. When I informed her of the chocking willow tree growth in the creek along Wallace Terrace she then continued to "rant" how the aquatic life was not to be disturbed. So happy that the muscrats have more rights than me .
stephy17 3/22/2014 9:30:48 PM Report

you want a flood warning ITS SPRING in sault ste marie on .. consider yourself warned!
I'm In 3/22/2014 9:32:18 PM Report

drdm: You were sure brainwashed about the province being bankrupt when Rae took power. Look up the word bankrupt it means no money to pay bills. With the Liberals and PC's I'v see nothing but our social safety net being eroded. With all the user fees we pay for and no reductions in our taxes, these two parties have put this country and province further in debt.
Javaman 3/22/2014 10:09:12 PM Report

No wonder less than 50 percent of eligible voters bother to cast a ballot. Is it any wonder? There is really nothing to get excited about in any of the 3 main parties.I despise WYnne and her robbers. I cannot stomache Hudak and Horwarth is in bed with the Liberals and must pay the price for propping up those Liberals.
Javaman 3/22/2014 10:09:45 PM Report

No wonder less than 50 percent of eligible voters bother to cast a ballot. Is it any wonder? There is really nothing to get excited about in any of the 3 main parties.I despise WYnne and her robbers. I cannot stomache Hudak and Horwarth is in bed with the Liberals and must pay the price for propping up those Liberals.
Deano_ 3/22/2014 10:47:04 PM Report

David Orazietti is terrible. He was a terrible teacher when I had him in high school as well. He would just assign some text questions and sit at his desk.
Maleficent 3/22/2014 11:28:47 PM Report

Build the ark, it's gonna be a wet spring!
frnlak 3/23/2014 11:43:59 AM Report

This is a no brainer Davey O. Just block off all access to these rivers and streams to keep the people out. Problem solved.
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