Tuesday , May 11 2021

The number of flood victims spikes Gatineau as the water continue to rise

The Ottawa River still rising has not yet reached its peak, with a wave of people going to the great city of Western Quebec for help.

The city of Gatineau said this morning 1,212 people were registered as flood victims, representing 575 homes.

This represents an increase of about 200 people from Saturday morning and nearly 500 people in the last 48 hours.

Millions of sandbags were distributed over the Ottawa-Gatineau river communities, with the Army expected to begin helping the Clarence-Rockland, Ont, east of Ottawa, today.

According to the recent update of the Ottawa River Planning Council, over the weekend, water levels rose above those observed in the devastating spring floods west of Ottawa, and were still on track to surpass those levels in the region.

According to its forecast, which depend on several factors and "subject to a high level of uncertainty," water levels can still rise about 30-60 cm, peaking at the beginning of next week.

The city of Gatineau said the water levels were at a 100-year flood-end in Ilmar, Hall and Point-Gatineau, and the levels of the Anse-en-Gasteau to the east were almost at the same level from the early morning.

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The Chaudière Bridge, one of the five bridges across the Ottawa River in Ottawa-Gatineau, is now closed.

The city of Ottawa has moved its volunteer registration center to western areas to the Donovan Community Center, Dolan Parkway, open between 09:00 and 17:00. Today.

Boats without emergency are now banned from the Ottawa River between the capital and the Caerion Dam on the border of Ontario and Quebec, according to an order by Transport Minister Mark Garnau.

Boats caught breaking this ban can be fined up to $ 5,000.

Garneau's office said the news release drones are not allowed to fly within nine miles of flooded parts of Quebec and reminded the possibility of further air restrictions if the need for air evacuation needed.


Local conservation authorities have begun to mark the possibility of 20-30 mm rain on Wednesday and Thursday, just as water levels on the Ottawa River are likely to be peaking.

Further south, the Karkaki County Conservation Authority in Kingston and Brockville, Ont, warns the water levels in the St. Lawrence River and the Lake Ontario systems are expected to continue rising this week.

This said water levels could be a problem in some areas.

In 2017, the docks and several homes in the area were affected by floods.

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