With heavy rain still in the forecast, I would like to take a moment to share this procedural memo regarding the flood warnings currently affecting Ottawa residents:
The City has been monitoring this situation for the past number of weeks and have been providing support to residents in need. The City and its Emergency Operations Centre remains in Enhanced Operations, given current water levels and rainfall forecast for the next few days. The City is monitoring the situation closely. There are approximately 75 impacted properties.
Recent water-level forecast is predicting the level of the Ottawa River will peak Sunday or Monday. However, the City is working closely with the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board to monitor the situation throughout the weekend.
At this time, staff do not recommend declaring a State of Emergency as City services are responding within their capacity. The City is currently working with and is receiving voluntary assistance from the Province, which has already provided sand bags to the affected areas, for example.
- Fire Services will continue to conduct wellness checks, assess potential electrical hazards and assist residents who choose to voluntarily evacuate, if required
- Public Works and Environmental Services will continue to take precautionary measures to reduce the effects of potential flooding, and will continue to supply sand and bags at heavily affected areas.
- Service Requests related to catch basins will continue to be responded to as part 24/7 service.
- 3-1-1 has current and up to date information in order to respond to residents. The Call Centre is currently meeting capacity but has also increased its staffing levels in anticipation of increased calls. Residents will be encouraged to use Ottawa.ca for non-flooding related and non-critical Service Requests in order to free up phone lines for residents who may be experiencing flooding.
- Residents are further encouraged to visit ca for up to date information, where a special emergency webpage has been created. The site-wide emergency alert has also been activated, which means residents can access the information on every page on Ottawa.ca.
- Public Service Announcements, supported by social media, will be released when new information is available to help inform and update residents.
- Staff is proactively reaching out to media to provide them with details on the emergency response.
- Residents are encouraged to help their neighbours, especially those who are vulnerable, and check-in on friends and family.
Along with one of my staff, I did visit Feedmill Creek, Poole Creek, and the Carp River within our community. Also, we visited the various stormwater management ponds located within the Stittsville ward boundaries this afternoon to see firsthand how the rainfall is affecting the water levels. We will be keeping an eye on things over the weekend.