I’d like to start by thanking all the volunteers, city staff, emergency responders, and all residents helping out. I just wanted to provide an update on the flood conditions in our community.
• There will be an information session at the Nepean Sportsplex from 1-2pm tomorrow. The session is organized by the Province and will help direct you to how to get reimbursement for flood issues. While there are closer centres than the Nepean Sportsplex, they do not have the same capacity, and some are in flooded areas too (the Ron Kolbus Centre for example). Hence, the Sportsplex was the best option.
• There is an Incident Command Centre in the Belltown area at Jamieson and Kehoe that is staffed 24/7 and they are a great liaison for all city staff services. I would encourage you to use them as your first point of contact.
• The most recent water-level forecast is that levels will peak later today. For information on water levels, see the following organization's websites: Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, the South Nation Conservation Authority, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board(link is external) (link is external) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
• As of May 7th at 10am the city went into Activated Emergency Operations in response to the flooding situation.
• Please continue to check Ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 for the most up to date information and to report any issues.
• If you want to volunteer to help with the flooding efforts, you can register online or in person at one of the Incident Command Centres. City staff will coordinate the volunteer support throughout the incident and recovery period over the coming weeks.
Thank you for your help during this difficult time.