Coming thaw could lead to dangerous water conditions, conservation authority warns
Ottawa Citizen

By Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen, February 17, 2017

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is warning of unsafe conditions along local water courses as the temperatures rise above freezing and the snow begins to melt over the next few days.

The risk is greatest in areas south and west of Ottawa where there is less snow on the ground to absorb the meltwater, the authority says.

“In all cases, the ice cover can be expected to become unstable to various extents with weakening ice and water on the surface. Ditches and smaller streams may begin flowing and shifting ice could cause blockages at road crossings with localized road flooding possible,” the authority said.

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