Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is declaring a state of emergency, as areas of the city are already dealing with flood conditions with more rain and flood water expected this weekend.
The city said the emergency was declared Thursday due to several new flood-related developments:
- The extensive snowmelt from the northern regions of the Ottawa River
- Environment Canada's significant rainfall advisory for the Ottawa region on Friday and into Saturday
- Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board's forecast that river waters could rise 11 cm above the May 2017 spring flood levels over the weekend
Watson has requested the help of the provincial government and Canadian military to help volunteers and residents in areas being affected by the flood. Up to 400 soldiers could be on the ground in Ottawa, Friday.
A special weather statement was issued by Environment Canada, Thursday. It is predicting between 20 mm and 50 mm of precipitation to fall on Ottawa by Monday.
This afternoon I viewed the flood zone in Cumberland Ward with @StephenBlais The water is rising and residents need your help with flood relief. Please take time to assist. Visit https://t.co/IkIIJbtQEN for details. pic.twitter.com/SPK5rp2ok2— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) April 25, 2019