Flood Mitigation Efforts

Late Tuesday, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority issued an update on the Ottawa River, issuing a Flood Outlook for Constance Bay and Britannia. It is anticipated that the Ottawa River will continue to rise over the next few days. This could result in flooding in some low-lying areas.


Please note, that thusfar, water level projections continue to remain within a normal range. The City will continue to monitor on a daily basis. The ‘peak’ is expected May 7.  


The City of Ottawa continues to monitor water levels and will open Flood Information Centres in four communities along the Ottawa River tomorrow in anticipation of potential minor flooding over the next few days. Residents with questions or concerns about flooding in their communities can visit these information centres between noon and 8 pm daily.


Locations for the information centres are as follows:

  • Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre
    262 Len Purcell Drive
  • Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre

100 Clifford Campbell Street

  • Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre
    102 Greenview Avenue
  • R.J Kennedy Community Centre

1115 Dunning Road


The City is prepared to provide sand and sandbags if necessary. Sand and sandbags have been deployed to various locations throughout the City. If residents require sand and sandbags, they can collect material at any of the following locations:

  • Willola Beach Road and Moorhead Drive (available Thursday, May 3)
  • Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive
  • 4127 John Shaw Road
  • 2941 March Road
  • Rowatt Street, at the river
  • Jamieson Street, at the river


The City continues to monitor water levels in communities along the Ottawa River basin and is working with partners at Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, the South Nation Conservation Authority, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.


For more flood information and for updates on the City’s preparation and response, visit ottawa.ca.