Ottawa

2019 floods: How to volunteer

Canadian Forces troops are in Ottawa, Gatineau and Clarence-Rockland to assist in the fight against flooding. The city also needs volunteers to help. Here is what you need to know to volunteer.

Here is how you can help

Ottawa 67's coach André Tourigny, right, helps his players with flood preparation efforts in Ottawa on April 26, 2019. (Jonathan Jobin/Radio-Canada)

In some places, Ottawa River water levels have already risen above peak levels seen during the devastating floods of May 2017.

Canadian Forces troops are in Ottawa, Gatineau and Clarence-Rockland to assist in the fight against flooding. The city also needs volunteers to help.

Here is what you need to know to volunteer.

The City of Ottawa has extended volunteer hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Volunteers can meet at the following locations:

  • 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 are asked not to bring their own equipment, except for the following:

  • Weather-appropriate clothing that may get dirty, wet or damaged.
  • Work gloves if you have them, otherwise they can be provided.
  • Close-toed footwear (ideally steel-toed boots).
  • Water and snacks. Lunch will be provided.
  • Sunscreen.

Other information for volunteers:

  • When you arrive, present yourself to the volunteer registration centre.
  • First time volunteers will need to complete a registration form.
  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Volunteers under 18 must be supervised by an adult or legal guardian.

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