Rain, Rain, and more rain on the way for Ottawa over the weekend.
While the rain is great for the Tulip Festival (which will be starting next Friday), it isn’t great for the roads. There has been flooding along the river, both on the Ontario and Gatineau sides.
Clarence-Rockland has declared a state of emergency, and more than 240 people have voluntarily evacuated their homes in Gatineau.
The city of Gatineau has put up a map detailing the areas most affected by the flooding, you can find it HERE, and they are looking for volunteers to help fill sandbags. To do that, call 3-1-1, leave your contact information, and they will return your call when your services are needed.
There isn’t much information about helping in Clarence-Rockland, they are simply asking volunteers to get in touch with the Red Cross in order to help out. That being said, if you have been evacuated and are having trouble finding a temporary home for your pet, Pawtastic Pet Services will temporarily board your furry family members in Hammond free of charge.
As for here in Ottawa, the city is asking people to keep an eye out for blocked catch basins (the grates in the ground), and report them in the case they aren’t draining properly. They are not currently looking for volunteers at this time, but encourage everyone to check in with neighbours who may require assistance.