Paramedics assess risks along the Bonnechere

Editor’s note: Reporter Mark Jones had the opportunity to shadow Renfrew County paramedics who were responding during the flooding around the Valley. This is his story.


GOLDEN LAKE – I was riding along with advanced paramedic Matt Cruchet on May 1.

In the middle of the road, Cruchet kept stopping the truck and opening the door.

“I’m checking the water level. We don’t want it over the axle,” he said.

We were slowly making our way along a flooded road on the north side of Golden Lake on the municipal border between North Algona Wilberforce and Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards.

We were away from the Ottawa River where the major flood resources have been needed.

The wind was whipping waves up the shore breaking against decks and buildings, some barricaded by walls of sandbags. There were a few white caps out on the lake.

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