Freshet: flood of a river from heavy rain or melted snow
Website Links to the City of Ottawa Flood Information:
- Click here for current situation.
- Flooding information
- Register here to request support
- Sandbag locations
- Tips to prevent basement flooding
- Flooding and Road Closures Interactive Map: Select Incidents
- Pedestrian and Cyclist Pathways Closures Interactive Map: NCC site
- 100-year flood plain map
Reference Sites for River Levels & Watershed Conditions
Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board: OttawaRiver.ca
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority: RVCA.ca
Emergency Preparedness Tips
The best protection in any emergency is knowing what to do.
If a flood is forecast or imminent in your neighbourhood.
- Move important papers/documents, electrical appliances and other important belongings to floors above ground level
- Listen to the radio to find out what areas are affected, what roads are safe, where to go and what to do if you are asked to leave your home
- Keep your cell phone charged and your gas tank full in case you are asked to leave your home
- Keep your emergency kit close at hand, in a portable container such as a duffle bag, backpack, or suitcase with wheels
- If you are asked to evacuate take your emergency kit with you, follow routes specified by officials and make arrangements for pets.
- Check on others in your neighbourhood who may be more vulnerable and need extra help or support
- Monitor your local radio and television stations for updated news and weather information.
City information: call 3-1-1
For Life Threatening Emergencies: call 9-1-1
For more information contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 to speak with a Public Health Inspector.