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Ottawa declaring state of emergency in response to flooding; calling for military and provincial help

A special weather statement, calling for more rain in the capital region weekend, has prompted the city to take action.
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Mayor Jim Watson and City of Ottawa staff call a State of Emergency due to flood conditions. Jenn Pritchard/

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. 


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