More flooding could be ahead along Ottawa River

James Marshall
May 13, 2019

"Our yard is wrecked", said Darlene Dumas, who was out helping her neighbour protect their property Saturday afternoon. On Friday the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry deployed 21 personnel to help with sandbagging efforts in Pembroke.

Laurentian Valley had declared a state of emergency at the end of April, but continues to install sandbags to weather the incoming water damage.

Water levels rose also between two to six centimetres in various areas of Gatineau over the last 24 hours, the City of Gatineau reported early Sunday morning.

Once that peaks hits, the water will inevitably run downstream and raise the water in Gatineau and Ottawa to the levels reached days ago.

Recent rains and reservoirs in the northern stretches of the watershed are increasing the volume of water in the river.

Levels are expected to peak in Aylmer on Sunday, and in Masson-Angers by Monday. Those reservoirs are full and can no longer hold back water, as they did earlier in the spring.

Ottawa remains under a state of emergency and is urging residents to keep their sandbags in place for now.

Laurentian Valley Mayor Steve Bennett says about 40 soldiers, along with provincial officials, have been helping hundreds of residents battle the flooding in his area south of Pembroke.

"Infrastructure is key because it has the biggest impact on the community", Lt. -Col.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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