Mississippi Lake water levels have now fallen significantly. As a result, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) has terminated their flood warning for the entire Mississippi River watershed.
To aid in the cleanup effort, residents may leave used sandbags in any one of the seven areas around Mississippi Lake where Public Works staff initially dumped loads of sand and sandbags. These locations include:
- Public Works Garage – 1644 9th Line Beckwith
- McCann Road
- Squaw Point Road
- Lake Park Lodge (at the Lodge or the Stop Sign/Pump)
- Petrie Road
- Loon Lane
- Patty Lane
The deadline to leave bags in these locations is Friday, May 31st, 2019. Sandbags can always be returned to the municipal garage located at 1644 9th Line Beckwith at any time.
Waste Management Collection
Effective Monday May 20th, 2019 all waste collection will resume as normal.
Provincial Financial Assistance
The Township has made a request to the provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs for qualification under the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program, which is an assistance program for full-time residential property owners. The program has not yet been activated, but officials have visited affected areas. Any updates on this program will be communicated as soon as they are received.
Wells and Septic Systems
Special considerations must be taken when restarting the use of a well or septic system after a flood such as disinfecting and testing well water. Water testing kits are available at no cost at the Township Office, 1702 9th Line Beckwith. 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/.
For further information, the Township website and Facebook Page are Beckwith Township’s official sources of information. They are updated regularly. The Township’s website is located at: www.twp.beckwith.on.ca and the Facebook Page is: “Beckwith Township”
For more information, contact:
Casandra McGregor, Clerk Administrator
Township of Beckwith