The Public Works team have continued daily monitoring throughout the week and will continue to do so through the weekend and next week. The approaching precipitation event will have an impact on river levels over the coming week, however the magnitude of impact is unknown at this time. The local Conservation Authorities have updated their messaging this afternoon. The RVCA information Watershed (rvca.ca) notes indicates that Water levels in the Britannia area (Grandview Road and the Belltown Community) are expected to rise early next week by about 0.3 m above the current elevation*, which is about 0.1 m above the highest water level observed this year.
The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) continues to monitor flood conditions closely. As with most years, we are seeing some fluctuation.
The effects of rainfall and snowmelt (where snowpack still exists in the North) are the key conditions being monitored.
The EOC will therefore maintain its current operational posture but are not introducing any new measures at this time. Instead, they are continuing to:
- Have Public Works Department staff conduct daily on-site assessments of flood-prone areas;
- Monitor closely the information coming in from the Conservation Authorities and the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board (ORRPB);
- Update our website (ottawa.ca/springflooding) and the Spring Flood 2023 Facebook page (Spring Flood 2023 Facebook group);
- Monitor for impacts to critical infrastructure; and,
- Make sand and empty sandbags available to the community at various locations throughout the city.
Residents are advised not to remove any sandbag preparations they may have in place, at this time.