2019 floods: What you need to know on Wednesday

The City of Ottawa has recommended some people in Constance Bay leave their homes and others in Westboro not drink their water. Gatineau's donation centre opens today.

Ottawa River peaks pushed back in Ottawa-Gatineau

Frank Carrier raises the Canadian flag on his property in Clarence-Rockland, Ont., on Tuesday. Water levels continue to rise on the Ottawa River. (Albert Leung/CBC)

Rising flood levels led the city to recommend people leave 300 homes in the Constance Bay neighbourhood of Ottawa Tuesday night.

The city closed Bayview Drive and power was cut to many of those homes. 

People there are being encouraged by the city to check in at the Constance and Buckham's Bay Community Centre at 262 Leo Purcell Drive.

Water levels were set to hit their peak in the Britannia neighbourhood today, but that's been delayed because of the weather.

Wednesday's forecast is calling for between 15 and 25 millimetres of rain to fall on the Ottawa River area, along with snow and ice, just as river levels are set to peak. 

Water levels

Road closures

How to volunteer

  • The City of Ottawa has set up three volunteer centres that are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Dunrobin Community Centre, 1151 Thomas A. Dolan Parkway
    • Cumberland Heritage Village Museum at 2940 Old Montreal Rd. A shuttle will transport volunteers to the site and back.
    • Ron Kolbus Centre at 102 Greenview Dr. in the upper parking lot.
  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Volunteers under 18 must be supervised by an adult or legal guardian.
  • If you can't sandbag there are other ways you can help
A Canadian soldier works to hold back flood waters on the Ottawa River in Fitzroy Harbour on Monday, April 29, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

How to donate

The City of Gatineau is opening a donation centre at Les Promenades Gatineau on boulevard Maloney Ouest starting Wednesday, to operate from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It's looking for non-perishable food, cleaning products, personal hygiene products and clean spring and summer clothes.

The Canadian Red Cross is collecting money for flood victims.

Emergency assistance

The City of Ottawa has opened three emergency community support centres to help those affected by flooding, at the following locations:

  • West Carleton-March Community Support Centre is at the Constance and Buckham's Bay Community Centre at 262 Len Purcell Dr., open 24 hours a day.  The Richcraft Recreation Complex at 4101 Innovation Dr., Ottawa is also open for support.
  • Bay Community Support Centre at the Pinecrest Recreation Complex's Barbara Ann Scott Arena, 2250 Torquay Ave., open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Cumberland Community Support Centre at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum at 2940 Old Montreal Rd., open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The City of Gatineau has opened two flood assistance centres where residents can register for help. 

  • Centre communautaire Jean-René-Monette, 89 rue Jean-René-Monette.
  • Masson-Angers service centre, 57 chemin Montréal Est.


There are 25 locations across Ottawa where sandbags are available. (City of Ottawa)

Water concerns

Ottawans who get drinking water from wells should stop using it if floodwaters have covered the well or they expect their well has been contaminated.

Bottled water and hand sanitizer is available from the fire station at 341 Bayview Dr., between 12 and 7 p.m., or there are water stations at 5201 Canon Smith Dr., 274 Morris Island Dr., and the intersection of Greenland Road and Armitage Avenue, all in the west end.

Residents on the northern end of Churchill Avenue are being asked not to use their water due to strain on the sanitary sewer system

For areas not mentioned above, check with your municipality for information.


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