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CanadaOttawa River levels starting to fall again

07:45  14 may  2019
07:45  14 may  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Water levels continue to recede along Ottawa River

Water levels continue to recede along Ottawa River The City of Ottawa is asking volunteers to take a break during this warm, dry weekend as flood waters continue to drop. Since last week, residents in the Ottawa-Gatineau area have been battling destructive floods that damaged homes and businesses across the region. After weeks of rising waters, the Ottawa River finally peaked Thursday, and the Ottawa River Regulation and Planning Board said levels are not expected increase — and have begun to decline in many areas.

The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board released new numbers Monday showing the river is starting to head down in some places and stabilize Britannia in west Ottawa is at 60.59 metres and is expected to peak on Monday as well. It has come close to reaching the record high level it reached

The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board released new numbers Monday showing the river is starting to head down in some places and stabilize in others. It also fell just down river in Lac Coulonge. However the board is warning residents to expect water levels to remain high for weeks.

Ottawa River levels starting to fall again© Martin Weaver/CBC Water nearly submerges a sign in Westmeath, Ont., a community in Whitewater Region township, on May 12, 2019. Many people can only access their homes by boat, and dozens have decided to leave.

The Ottawa River's second round with flood-weary residents appears to be coming to an end as floodwaters again began to recede.

The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board released new numbers Monday showing the river is starting to head down in some places and stabilize in others.

Over the past weekend, the river peaked for a second time as heavy rains from last week flowed into a river already at record highs.

Once the water recedes, road repair bills will flood in

Once the water recedes, road repair bills will flood in Fixing some roads that could be underwater for more than a month may involve a redesign.

The Ottawa River Regulation and Planning Board (ORRPB) said levels have begun to decline in many areas including Constance Bay, Britannia and Cumberland, as well as in Clarence-Rockland and Alfred and Plantagenet. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority's flood warning remains in place but the

According to the latest Saturday afternoon numbers, Ottawa River levels near Pembroke, Ont., broke a nearly 60-year-old record, reaching a height of 113.68 metres. Flood-weary residents will be tested again this weekend as water levels rise on the Ottawa River .

At Pembroke, Ont., which saw record-high levels on the weekend, the water began to recede on Monday, falling seven centimetres. It also fell just down river in Lac Coulonge.

However the board is warning residents to expect water levels to remain high for weeks.

By the numbers

In their announcement Monday at 5 p.m., the board said water levels in Pembroke were at 113.64 metres above sea level, which is seven centimetres lower than they were at their peak on Saturday.

Lac Coulonge is at 109.16 metres, down just one centimetre from the peak it reached on Saturday.

Arnprior, Ont., is at 76.19 metres and is expected to peak Monday.

Britannia in west Ottawa is at 60.59 metres and is expected to peak on Monday as well. It has come close to reaching the record high level it reached earlier this spring.

Soldiers help protect Pembroke water supply from Ottawa River ahead of expected rain

Soldiers help protect Pembroke water supply from Ottawa River ahead of expected rain Soldiers from a Canadian base in Petawawa were deployed Saturday to protect infrastructure in the nearby city of Pembroke, Ont. — one of several communities threatened by historically high water levels on the Ottawa River. Major Adam Graham said one of the first priority assignments for his unit, which numbered about 64, was protecting the water treatment plan near the river's edge. "So we've dispatched some soldiers down to that location to help conduct flood mitigation measures, such as primarily sandbagging certain elements of that facility to ensure that there's no issues with the town's water supply as a result of flooding," Graham said in a phone interv

Ottawa River levels near Pembroke, Ont., broke a nearly 60-year-old record, reaching a height of 113.68 metres — one centimetre higher than the previous record set in 1960. (David Thurton/CBC). Water levels are beginning to stabilize once again on stretches of the Ottawa River , with peaks

Water levels continued rising along the Ottawa River today, and this weekend's expected peaks are creeping higher as well. The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board released its latest numbers Thursday afternoon, and At some points along the watershed, as much as 50 millimetres could fall

The Hull Marina in Gatineau is at 44.92 metres and is not expected go much higher Monday.

Thurso, Que., is at 43.37 metres and the board believes will only go a few centimetres higher before starting to recede later this week.

And Hawkesbury, Ont., is at 42.48 metres, which is 30 centimetres higher than the previous record set in 1951. The board expects it will still go higher later today before it also starts to recede.

The next update is expected at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

All forecasts are approximate and subject to change based on the weather and other factors.

All records are based on data from the planning board, which goes back as far as the 1930s in some areas.

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