A RAINFALL WARNING is now in effect for the Ottawa-Gatineau region. We could expect anywhere between 30 and 50 millimeters of rain through the end of Sunday. Areas already affected by flooding, including the Western parts of Gatineau are preparing for more rain with sandbags on standby. Emergency crews are asking about 300 residents to leave their homes as water levels have now reached a 20 year high and will continue to rise this weekend. There are 2 evacuation centres open.
Keep kids and pets away from fast moving water this weekend and be careful on the roads as the risk for hydroplaning will increase.
Stay locked on JUMP! for updates throughout the weekend.
From Environment Canada…
Rain, heavy at times is expected. The ground, already near saturation, has little ability to absorb further rainfall.
30-50 mm of rain expected through Sunday.
Rain will spread into the region and is forecast to persist through Sunday as the weather system responsible stalls over the region. The rain is expected to taper to showers Sunday afternoon.
With the ground already saturated, there is the potential for local flooding. For information concerning flooding please consult your local Conservation Authority or Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry District office.
Don’t approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts. Keep children and pets away from creeks and river banks. Consider moving valuable items to higher levels.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet reports using #ONStorm.