The City of Ottawa is preparing for potential flooding along the Ottawa River.

The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board warns minor flooding levels could be reached today in flood prone areas at Britanna/Lac Deschenes. There is also the potential for flooding at Lake Coulonge and Chats Lake.

Spring runoff from the north is continuing to fill reservoirs. Officials say the current warm temperatures and this week’s rainfall could also cause water levels to rise.

City officials say it is anticipated that the Ottawa River will continue to rise this week, resulting in flooding in some low-lying areas. 

The City of Ottawa is opening Flood Information Centres in four communities today in anticipation of minor flooding. Staff will be available to answer questions and concerns about flooding between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The information centres are located at:

  • 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

Sand and sandbags are also available at:

  • 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