Just in Time For The Spring Thaw: Flooding Info for OOE

In the event of a spring flood, the Brantwood Park community has started an information initiative called the 610 Action Plan. By sharing information, the group hopes Old Ottawa East residents who live in the area will be better prepared in the case of some extremely wet conditions.

Nope, 610 is not a typo for the city’s area code, the number 610 refers to the volume of water that flows in the Lower Rideau River – 610 cubic metres per second – calculated by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) that would breach the berm on Onslow Crescent.

On March 2, 2015, the Old Ottawa East Community Association had a public meeting where community residents, City of Ottawa and the RVCA discussed spring flooding. The flyer that was created from this meeting is now available.

What does this mean for you?
The map below shows approximately the area of Brantwood Park that is most at risk of flooding; there is a 1% chance in 100 years that homes could actually flood.

brantwood park flood map potential

The area in red shows the focus area for this information; there is a 1% chance in 100 years that homes could actually flood.

USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME IN CASE OF FLOODING

How will I know if flooding in the Brantwood Park area is expected?

You can get flood alerts from http://www.rvca.ca/flood/. This site has many other excellent links for flood preparedness.

Where else can I get emergency preparedness information?

See the City of Ottawa’s Are You Ready? program at http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/emergency-services/emergencyservices-and-preparedness/are-youready and http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/family/emergency.

The Office of Emergency Management for the City of Ottawa can be found at http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/emergencyservices/emergency-services-and-preparedness/office-emergencymanagement. One can also call 3-1-1 at the City of Ottawa for helpful flood preparedness information.

How can I be in touch with what’s happening in my community in the event of a flood?

Old Ottawa East community residents can sign up for the “eUpdate” regular email from the CAG at http://ottawaeastcag.ca/eupdate. In the event that a “flood warning” message is received from the RVCA, eUpdates will pass along the warning and any additional information received from RVCA or City of Ottawa that is specific to our community. Residents remain responsible for monitoring news media for general flood and weather forecasting information.

If I have to sandbag my home, where do I get sandbags?

The City of Ottawa provides free sand and bags. Please see http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/transportation-andparking/road-and-sidewalk-maintenance/flood-awareness-andprevention for information on where to get sandbags. In an emergency the City of Ottawa will also bring sand and bags to central locations in affected communities. A CAG eUpdate will inform residents if this has been arranged.

How do I sandbag my windows and doors?

There are many resources on the Internet that could provide guidance on this. It’s a good idea to review them in advance. For example, you can get information on this at http://www.ehow.com/how_5666218_sand-bag-home-preventflooding.html.

Is there anything else I should do?

As a caring community, neighbours should check with each other to see if there are elderly, ill or disabled residents who may need help during a flood. If you plan to be absent from your home during the spring flooding period, it’s a good idea to arrange with your neighbours to take care of your home if needed. IMPORTANT NOTE: None of this information should be construed as relieving the responsibility of each resident of OOE in exercising due diligence in independently accessing flood and flood preparation information, and in protecting their property from high waters.

Input from community residents is welcome. Comments can be sent to flood@ottawaeast.ca.

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