Ottawa

City warns parents, homeowners of flooding dangers as rain keeps falling

The city is warning parents to keep their children away from wading pools in parks near the Rideau River as higher-than-normal amounts of rain continue to soak Ottawa.

City warns parents to keep kids away from wading pools

Geese dip their beaks in pooling water along Riverside Drive between Bronson Avenue and Billings Bridge. The forecast calls for 30-50 millimeters of rain to fall Thursday on Ottawa-Gatineau. (Jean Delisle/CBC)

The City of Ottawa is warning parents to keep their children away from wading pools in parks near the Rideau River as the region continues to get a soaking from higher-than-normal amounts of rain.

Ottawa-Gatineau is expected to see between 30 and 50 millimetres of rain Thursday, triggering a rainfall warning from Environment Canada.

Significant rainfall can cause backups in outdoor wading pools that can't be properly drained, making them unsafe, the city said Thursday afternoon.

The city is also urging people to keep both children and pets away from open water, ditches, ravines, culverts and escarpments.

Homeowners should take precautions to limit flood damage, the city said, by ensuring that sump pumps are connected properly and that any run-off is being directed toward municipal drainage systems.

A park bench stands in a pool of water off Riverside Drive. The City of Ottawa is warning parents to keep children away from outdoor pools in parks along the Rideau River. (Jean Delisle/CBC)
Sandbags designed to prevent flooding sit along the Rideau River in Ottawa on April 6, 2017. (Jean Delisle/CBC)

The city said it's monitoring the rainfall closely with the help of the Rideau Valley, South Nation and Mississippi Valley conservation authorities.

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