The City of Ottawa declared a state of emergency on Thursday, April 25 in response to flooding along the Ottawa River. Following the declaration, the City formally requested assistance from the Province of Ontario with management of the emergency operation. All City departments and services are fully engaged in the emergency response. Support from the Canadian Armed Forces arrived in Ottawa on Friday, April 26 and members of the military are assisting with the emergency response.
As of Friday, May 3:
- 15,384 volunteers have helped at the three sites since Friday, April 19
- More than 1.6 million sandbags have been made available to residents
- City emergency services and Ottawa Public Health have conducted 849 wellness visits in all affected areas
- 155 households have self-evacuated
- 235 Team Rubicon Canada work orders completed
- 3,000+ people have joined the City’s Spring Flood 2019 Facebook page
Traffic congestion around the flood emergency sites is an impediment to City crews and emergency vehicles. Residents are asked to stay clear of the flooded areas unless they are volunteering or live in the area. Up-to-date information on road closures caused by flooding is available on our Interactive Traffic Map. Click the “Incident” box on the left-hand side to see the closures.
Residents should visit Ottawa.ca for more information about how to prepare for floods.