The conditions along the main stem of the Ottawa River are better than when we last wrote. According to the Ottawa River Regulating Committee (ORRC), levels and flows continue to decline slowly in all locations. With the forecast of sunny weather and little precipitation, levels are expected to continue declining over the coming week.
The City’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is still asking residents to remain vigilant though, to keep their protective measures (e.g., sandbags) in place for now, and to monitor conditions closely.
Before the water crested this past weekend, we unfortunately saw some additional impacts in flood-prone areas. We now assess that approximately 160 properties have implemented protective measures (e.g., sandbags). In addition, we estimate there are a total of 80 properties with septic systems or private wells that have been compromised by flooding. There are currently 17 properties experiencing utility disruptions due to flooding.
Over the course of the past few days, the EOC has continued to work with community partners to ensure that the right supports are in place for impacted residents. This information is being regularly updated on the City’s website (ottawa.ca/springflooding).
The EOC also worked with Sauvetage Bénévole Outaouais – Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue (SBO-OVSAR) on a targeted, two-day deployment for specific supports related to sandbag reinforcement and site assessments in the Constance Bay area. Here is a short video they produced of their work.
We anticipate that if conditions hold, we will be able to start transitioning to flood recovery. This will include:
Debris management (including guidance on the safe disposal of sandbags);
Community supports related to well water testing and information on septic systems, among other topics; and,
Roadway and water infrastructure inspections and rehabilitation.
It’s been heartwarming to see community members working together to support each other. We know, however, that this is a very stressful time. For mental health-related resources and supports, we are encouraging residents to visit the Ottawa Public Health Mental Health site.