*UPDATED* Sunday, May 7th. New information!
With many towns and cities being flooded along the Ottawa river, residents are wondering how they can help their neighbours this weekend.
The City of Ottawa: The city and Hydro Ottawa have been tweeting out tips to ensure the flooding doesn’t worsen. Cumberland has been hit very hard, and there are road closures in effect. The city is saying no volunteers are needed at this time, but they recommends checking in with neighbours who may need help, but councillor Stephen Blais has posted information about some efforts (below). All the information you could possibly need can be found here, or by calling 3-1-1.
City of Gatineau: The city is asking that volunteers present themselves at L’Arena Campeau (65 rue des Sables) with a shovel and gloves to help with sandbagging. There is no longer a need to call 3-1-1 before showing up. If you are being effected by the flood and need information, you can follow THIS LINK. There is everything from road closures, to information on where to go, to a system to sign up for text alerts.
Clarence-Rockland: A state of emergency is in effect, and the Red Cross has been aiding those affected in the area. The city has finally released some more detailed volunteer information, asking that people register by calling the number in the photo below. Find flood updates and more HERE.
Constance Bay: Flooding has increased in Constance Bay, and they are looking for more volunteers. A Facebook group called “Constance Bay Flood 2017” has started with helpful tips as well, asking volunteers to show up for 8am, 11am, 2pm, or 5pm to help regulate traffic.
Volunteers should park on Fireside Dr. and walk to the centre, where they can register to help. They are also looking for childcare minders to help out at the daycare, both during the day and into the evening.
To find more information or donate, click this link.
Renfew County: No word on official volunteering efforts yet, but there is plenty of information HERE. If you know someone in the area, simply offer them assistance in whatever way they need.