Ottawa to open emergency support centres as flood waters projected to rise even higher

With a rainstorm in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, the city has announced that they will be opening emergency community support centres to help those in Ottawa who have been affected by the flooding of the Ottawa river.

According to the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board’s daily report of water levels, with the continued snowmelt and the projected rainfall, levels could now reach or exceed those seen in May 2017.

The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board is projecting that water levels are going to surpass those experienced in May 2017 this weekend.

Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board

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“For the Lake Coulonge to Hawkesbury/Grenville reach, levels have exceeded major flood levels and will continue to increase over the next few days,” wrote the board in their report. “Peak levels similar to those observed in May 2017 are expected in all locations, but will depend on actual temperatures and precipitation over the next few days.”

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According to the city, the West Carleton-March Community Support Centre will open Thursday and the Central and Eastern Centres will open on Friday.

“At each location, visitors will be able to speak to representatives from the city’s Community and Social Services department and Ottawa Public Health,” said the city in a release.

The city also says that the Canadian Red Cross and The Salvation Army will be on site to help triage any resident needs, answer resource questions, and help them find the service they are looking for.

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The three centres and their hours are as follows:

  • West Carleton-March Community Support Centre
    Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Lane
    • April 25 – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • April 26 to April 28 – 10 a.m to 7 p.m.
  • Bay Community Support Centre
    Pinecrest Recreation Complex – Barbara Ann Scott Arena, 2250 Torquay Ave.
    • April 26 to April 28 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Cumberland Community Support Centre
    Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Rd.
    • April 26 to April 28 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents are also encouraged to call 311 for information or any questions they may have.