A flood watch has been upgraded to a flood warning for the Madawaska River and Ottawa River in Renfrew County.

That’s according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, which says residents in Renfrew county should be aware that water levels and flows on the rivers have risen because of the snowmelt and recent rainfall, and have now exceeded minor flooding levels.

MNRF suggests that all residents should keep a close watch on conditions and be very careful when around fast-moving rivers and streams. Any residents in areas prone to flooding should make sure they’re protecting their properties and making sure that sump pumps are working. It’s also suggested you tie down any items on your property that could float as water levels rise.

If you require sandbags for flooding, the MNRF suggests you reach out to your municipality.

If you’re driving and come across a washout, you should contact police.