State of Emergency in Ottawa after Heavy Flooding

Mayor Jim Watson has declared a state of emergency for the City of Ottawa in response to flooding along the Ottawa River. Following the declaration, the City will formally request assistance from the Province of Ontario with management of the emergency operation.

Support from the Canadian military arrived in Ottawa today and members of the military will assist residential homes who need help with sandbags.

The Ottawa River and tributaries are expected to continue rising over the next several days, and Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Ottawa predicting heavy rainfall on Friday with total amounts of 20 to 35 millimetres forecasted by Saturday morning.

Official Declaration:

Declaration of Emergency in the City of Ottawa


WHEREAS rising water levels along the Ottawa River and other waterways in the City of Ottawa pose an ongoing threat to the property, health and safety of nearby residents;

AND WHEREAS flood levels are currently forecasted to exceed the levels that caused significant damage to numerous properties in the City of Ottawa in 2017;

AND WHEREAS Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement earlier today forecasting a further 25mm to 30mm of rain in and around the City of Ottawa by Saturday, April 27, 2019;

AND WHEREAS the combination of already high water levels and further significant rainfall are factors that, in my view, give rise to a situation or an impending situation that constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm to persons or substantial damage to property for residents in the City of Ottawa;

THEREFORE, as Mayor of the City of Ottawa, in order to protect property and the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the City, I hereby declare that an emergency exists in the City of Ottawa, under the authority of Section 4(1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

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