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Ward 5 Properties That Have Experienced Flooding in Past 20 Years Should Expect Flooding This Week

April 17, 2023 – Based on information provided by conservation authorities, including the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board, the City of Ottawa is expecting flood levels along the Ottawa River to rise above normal levels by Wednesday or Thursday this week.


Stock photo of a river in flooding season

The flood levels are currently below what residents experienced in the spring of 2017 and 2019. However, residents whose properties and neighbourhoods have experienced flooding in the past 20 years should expect flooding this week. This includes Constance and Buckham’s Bay, along Barlow Crescent to Pinhey’s Point.



Since March, the City of Ottawa has been providing sand and sandbags to residents who live in areas prone to spring flooding at various locations across the City. For an updated list of locations, visit the Spring flooding 2023 page on ottawa.ca. The City has 527,000 empty sandbags ready.


Residents are advised to take steps to protect their properties if they have not already done so and to check on neighbours for their needs.


Be Flood Ready:

· Information about Residential Flooding on OttawaPublicHealth.ca.

For information on water levels and flood plains see the following websites:


Find out if your home is in a flood plain. Further updates on the City’s response to flooding will be posted on the Spring Flooding 2023 page on ottawa.ca and in the Spring Flood 2023 Facebook group. Concerned residents are encouraged to follow these resources and their local conservation authorities for timely updates.


If your property is at risk, please reach out to West Carleton Disaster Relief at 613-447-4446. If it is an emergency situation, call 9-1-1.


We also invite you to share this information with neighbours.


Volunteers needed: We're putting out a call for volunteers to help fill sandbags at Morris Island and Wilola Beach. Locations are Lighthouse/Loggers Way intersection and the cul-de-sac at the end of Morris Island. There’s also a need for volunteers with trucks and trailers to help move sand, although we urge everyone interested in volunteering to first email volunteer@westcarletonrelief.ca.


The City of Ottawa is providing sand and sandbags to residents who live in areas prone to Spring flooding at various locations across the City. Currently, sandbags are available at the following locations:

  • Leo Lane @ East Shore (on City Right of Way)

  • Armstrong Road at Phillip Road (on City Right of Way)

  • Maclaren's Landing (Cottage Lane @ Laurentian)

  • Greenland Road @ Armitage Avenue

  • Stubble Road

  • Constance/Buckham's Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive

  • 29 Hurdman Road

  • 2145 Roger Stevens Drive

  • 1655 Maple Grove Road

  • 1683 Woodward Drive

  • 2121 Huntley Road

  • 4127 John Shaw Road

  • 2847 March Road

Councillor Kelly hosted a public meeting on Flood Preparedness last week. You can view the meeting here.


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