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Residents tired, frustrated and still searching for answers in flood situation

Area residents dealing with the flooded properties are at their wits end as water levels are expected to remain high for the next two to three weeks before receding.
Flooding in Ottawa on April 26, 2019. Photo/ CityNews

Fatigue continues to grow as residents in the Ottawa area say local flood waters present new challenges every day.

Ottawa River levels are stable and expected to remain high for the next several weeks before starting to recede.

"It's like a war everyday," Genevieve Landry of Leo Lane explains to Mark Sutcliffe on Ottawa Today. "You just don't know [what's going to happen] because of the temperature or because of the waves."

She added, "It's been very tiring on our bodies and our mental strength as well." 

Flood information sessions were held Monday night in West-Carleton-March, however many residents have become frustrated because the city couldn't provide answers to many of their questions.

"[There were] questions with regards to dam operations, because there have been a lot of chatter and speculation on what really happened," Angela Bernhardt, Vice President of the West Carleton Disaster Relief tells the Rick Gibbons Show. "Questions with regards to disaster relief for Ontarians and questions regarding buyouts."

"Those questions were all question that could not be answered by people who were in the room," Bernhardt said. "We want to have more meetings where we have those partners with us, so those questions can be addressed."

The provincial government is creating a task force on improving its flood plan that will consult with municipal, Indigenous and industry leaders to discuss how to better prepare for floods and respond to them when they happen.

"Our number one priority is the safety of the public and the protection of communities and private property," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. "After seeing first-hand the impacts of flooding in communities across Ontario, we are taking immediate action to help."

An engagement sessions will be held in Ottawa on May 24.


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