Flooding questions? City of Ottawa hosts public meetings today and Wednesday

The City of Ottawa will be hosting public information sessions today for people with questions about about insurance and other flood-related concerns.

Officials with Insurance Bureau of Canada, provincial government in city

Sandbags block Boise Lane in Cumberland in Ottawa's far east end on May 5, 2017. (Ashley Burke/CBC)

The City of Ottawa will be hosting three public information sessions today for people with questions about about insurance and other flood-related concerns.

Representatives from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs — which oversees the provincial disaster relief program — will be in the city for three one-hour sessions at the following locations:

  • Nepean Sportsplex, Hall C and D (1701 Woodroffe Ave.) from 1-2 p.m.
  • R.J. Kennedy Arena, Main Hall (1115 Dunning Rd.) from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Fitzroy Harbour Communtity Centre (100 Clifford Campbell St.) from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The sessions will also be attended by officials with Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa's public works and environmental services department.

For people who can't attend Tuesday's sessions, a fourth meeting will take place Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Constance and Buckham's Bay Community Centre at 262 Len Purcell Dr.

As of Monday morning, 310 homes in Ottawa had been directly affected by flooding — the majority in the city's West Carleton-March ward — and 75 families have been displaced. 

Mayor Jim Watson has said the city will not declare a state of emergency.