Renfrew County declares state of emergency

RENFREW COUNTY – Add West Carleton’s neighbours to the west to the number of communities declaring a state of emergency due to unprecedented spring flooding in 2019.

Due to rising water levels posing an ongoing threat to the property, health and safety of residents, the County of Renfrew declared a state of emergency on April 28.

“The county is reminding residents to contact their Local municipality if they are experiencing flooding or require sandbags, sand or to volunteer,” County Warden Jennifer Murphy released in a statement. “Local mare working around the clock at providing sandbags and sand to residents that require them as a means of protecting homes and businesses.”

 As of Sunday, five lower-tier municipalities in the county have declared a state of emergency, including Whitewater Region, Horton, McNab/Braeside, Laurentian Valley and Greater Madawaska.

You are encouraged to contact your local municipality to report flooding of roadways so that an online map can be updated quickly to reflect road closures. The mapping tool is called Municipal511 and can be found online at

Murphy asks residents to continue to be “diligent of safety for themselves and those around them in these difficult times, and that residents can be assured that the County of Renfrew along with all impacted municipalities in the county are making all efforts to provide support where and when needed.”