Students to learn about dangers of flood waters


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The 'Flood Waters and You' student safety program will once again be available to schools and interest groups in the Saugeen watershed this year.

During the months of March and April, representatives from the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA), the OPP, and St. John Ambulance will be available to assist classrooms and community youth groups with student safety awareness efforts. 

In contributing to this locally-developed safety program, each organization offers its own workshops involving an assortment of hands-on demonstrations, audio-visual presentations and follow-up materials. Programs vary to suit the age and number of participants.

Floods can occur at any time of the year. Predominately, though, the risks of flooding are higher in the spring with the added water from snowmelt.

Early spring is a particularly dangerous time for young children who are drawn to water to race sticks down ditches and streams.

Melting winter snow, combined with the spring rainfall, can result in rising floodwaters. This year’s record snowfall has many concerned about what flooding might happen.

The 'Flood Waters and You' student safety program is offered free of charge through the co-operative efforts of the SVCA, OPP, and St. John Ambulance, to warn young people of flood-related dangers. 

This program has been very popular since its inception in 1987, reaching more than 3,000 young people within the watershed annually.

Depending on your preference of lesson theme and location, please feel free to contact any of the following:

  • SVCA, Nancy Griffin, conservation education co-ordinator, 1078 Bruce Road 12, P.O. Box 150, Formosa, Ontario, N0G 1W0, 519-364-1256,     Ext. 237
  • South Bruce OPP, constable Kevin Martin, community services officer, 700 Kincardine Ave., Kincardine, Ontario, N2Z 2Y6, 519-396-3341
  • South Grey County Branch, OPP, constable Robert Sewell or constable Dave Ringrose, 23 Greenview Lane, Markdale, Ontario, N0C 1H0, 519-986-2211
  • St. John Ambulance, Grey-Bruce-Huron, Chris Motsch, training and community services co-ordinator, 316 - 5th St., Hanover, Ontario,     N4N 3C3, 519-364-7004


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