City prepared for potential flooding

OTTAWA – With lots of rain predicted for the coming days, City of Ottawa staff say they are prepared for localized flooding.

“The City of Ottawa is prepared for potential localized flooding in anticipation of the heavy rain in this weekend’s forecast,” city staff released in a statement. “The city’s Emergency Operations Centre is in situational awareness and staff continue to monitor conditions in communities that have experienced flooding in the past.”

The city has sand and 280,000 sand bags ready for residents who need them. There are sandbag filling stations at multiple locations throughout the city.

“If you are leaving town this weekend and have property that could be affected by flooding, please have someone check on your property,” city staff advised. “If you see significant flooding, please call 3-1-1.”

Consult the city’s 100-year flood plain map to see if you live or have property in an area prone to flooding.

Staff will respond to calls of water pooling on streets and basement flooding. Pooling on streets is normal during and after heavy rain.

Learn how you can protect yourself and your property from flooding on the city’s flood information page.

For weather updates, please visit Environment Canada’s weather forecast.

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