Column: April 24, 2019

Flood Preparations Continuing This Week

As the water levels in Ottawa continue to rise, we are still vulnerable to flooding into the first week of May. Now is the time to prepare homes and property from potential flood waters. The main priority remains filling sandbags and supporting homeowners. There is a call-out all this week for volunteers. If you can assist, attend the Volunteer Check-In Centre at the Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Dr. They are running Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26 from 9am to 7pm. More information on volunteering is outlined on www.ottawa.ca. My sincere thanks to all who have volunteered so far – it’s very much appreciated.

Sand and sandbags have been deployed at the following locations in the Ward and west-end:

  • Greenland Road at Armitage Avenue

  • Beach at Moorhead Drive

  • 4127 John Shaw Road

  • 262 Len Purcell Drive

  • Kingdom Mines Road & Logger’s Way

  • MarcLaren’s Landing at boat launch

  • 1655 Maple Grove Road

  • 2941 March Road

  • 2121 Huntley Road

Listed below are some additional resources for affected residents:

Residents needing help: Residents who need help may be able to access volunteer support. The City has partnered with Team Rubicon Canada and Ottawa Volunteer Search and Research to help residents prepare sandbags. CLICK HERE to register to request support. Those who do not have Internet access can also call 211 to register (please call using a landline phone only).

www.mvca.on.ca: The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority’s website contains up-to-date information regarding watershed conditions and local water levels.

www.ottawariver.ca: The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board’s website provides the latest news and information regarding Ottawa River water levels.

www.ottawa.ca: The City of Ottawa is monitoring the situation closely and the City’s website is continually being updated with latest news and helpful information.

City of Ottawa Facebook Group: The City created a “Spring Flooding 2019” Facebook Group to provide information to anyone affected by spring flooding or who wishes to keep up-to-date on the situation. City staff are managing this page and any relevant information will be provided as it becomes available.

Some other things to consider:

- The City is monitoring recycling/garbage collection in flood-affected areas. Changes may be required to the collection schedule. Decisions on this will be made in the coming days.

- If you are not volunteering and you are not a resident in the affected areas, please stay away. Roads need to be accessible to volunteers, emergency services and residents. For the safety and privacy of the homeowners, onlookers will be asked to leave.