Widespread flooding triggers Ontario states of emergency – North Country Public Radio

Widespread flooding triggers Ontario states of emergency - North Country Public Radio

Spring melt and rains spawn floods as Ottawa and Montreal fear a messy weekend

Four communities across Ontario have now declared emergencies due to flooding, including the nations capital.

Apr 26, 2019 — Four communities across Ontario have now declared emergencies due to flooding, including the nations capital.

A dam that is upstream from Ottawa is being closely watched. Emergency officials in Quebec say the Bell Falls Dam is at imminent risk of failure. Mike Armstrong reports from near Grenville-sur-la-Rouge.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson made the announcement yesterday afternoon as he called in the military to help with flood protection.

 The cottage country town of Huntsville also declared an emergency on Thursday, joining the nearby communities of Bracebridge and Minden Hills.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he believes climate change is among the reasons eastern Ontario homeowners are trying to save their homes from flooding for the second time in three years.

Ford visited the rural west end of Ottawa this morning touring flooded areas along the Ottawa River, where officials are warning todays rain storm is going to make water levels rise rapidly over the next few days, likely exceeding the 2017 flood.

Ford says he is willing to sit down with the communities to talk about what is needed to protect their homes or offer compensation to move to higher ground, things both Quebec Premier Francois Legault and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs are looking at as they also deal with flooding in their provinces.

Much of eastern Canada is bracing for more flooding today, as Environment Canada predicts rainfall from Georgian Bay to the Gaspe Peninsula.

 Thousands of homes are flooded or surrounded by water along the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, as well as other parts of Quebec and in New Brunswick.

(CNN)Canadians already deluged by floodwaters in recent days braced for more rain over the weekend as federal and local authorities marshaled resources to help beleaguered residents.


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