City warns parents, homeowners of flooding dangers as rain keeps falling
City warns parents to keep kids away from wading pools
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.
Keep kids away from wading pools in parks near Rideau River. High water levels = waste water backups in wading pools that can’t be drained.—@ottawacity
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.
The city said it's monitoring the rainfall closely with the help of the Rideau Valley, South Nation and Mississippi Valley conservation authorities.