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Spring Flooding Update: Emergency Operations Centre to De-Mobilize Monday

Updated: Jun 8

The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is pleased to inform you that flood conditions are such that the City can lower its posture and return to Monitoring Operations.

Effective Monday, May 29, the EOC will be de-mobilizing and all remaining flood recovery activities will be managed under the Public Works Department’s Spring Freshet Task Force.

Over the past several days, the EOC has overseen the following:

  • Pamphlet distribution and safety visits to approximately 300 homes by the Ottawa Fire Services. The pamphlets contained information on key contacts and websites related to flood recovery, as well as information specific to health and safety.

  • Curbside collection of used sandbags (and other flood-related debris) in impacted areas. Please note that, while residents have done an excellent job already at bringing their used sandbags to the curb, the Public Works Department will continue to provide flood-related debris removal service for the next couple of weeks. To date, 80 tonnes worth of used sandbags have been collected.

  • Regular updates to the City’s Spring Flooding website ( and Facebook page.

  • The de-commissioning of 28 of the 29 City sites that had been set up with sand and empty sandbags for residents to access/fill.

File photo from earlier this spring at the height of West Carleton's flooding

The Public Works Department will continue to liaise with community organizations, implicated Councillors, and other stakeholders for the remainder of the flood season. Any residual community supports will be overseen by the Office of Emergency Management, who will fulfil a liaison function within the Public Works Department’s Spring Freshet Task Force.

Information updates will be primarily provided through the City’s Spring Flooding webpage, going forward.

The EOC would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their assistance, support, and input this flood season. The Emergency and Protective Services Department (EPS) and the Public Works Department will conduct a post-event de-brief with the view to capturing lessons observed for future situations. EPS will also continue to liaise with the Province to pursue seasonal spring flooding mitigation strategies.

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