If you live in Cumberland, Constance Bay, Gatineau, or Clarence-Rockland, there’s a good chance that you’re being affected by the flood in some way.
Countless local businesses have been stepping up to help offer discounts and donate various supplies, and there is a lot of information flood victims should keep in mind. Here are some of the key things to be aware of!
Ottawa/Cumberland: Follow this link to find information about road closures, safety information, steps to take if your home is flooded, and where to find sand bags. The city’s Twitter account has also been very active, tweeting out reminders, instructions, and other safety tips.
Stay away from downed power lines in flooded areas. If you see one, stay back 10 m. Call 9-1-1 & report it to local electric utility company— City of Ottawa (@ottawacity) May 7, 2017
Gatineau: Much like Ottawa, the city is periodically updating this page on their website with key information victims of the flood need to know. They can also sign up for emergency SMS text alerts on the page. The military has been called in to assist, and many volunteers are descending on L’Arena Campeau to help.
Constance Bay: TONS of information for victims can be found right here. The community centre is open for anyone who needs it, they just ask that you email “email@example.com”. They also ask that you email the same address for ANYTHING you need. There is also a warm, dry place to sleep at The Legion, where the city and Salvation Army are on hand to help.
They also remind residents to NOT drink the water, even if their house is only near the flooding.
Traffic advisory | Due to flooding near Constance Bay all persons not directly involved with sandbagging are asked to avoid the area.— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) May 6, 2017
Clarence-Rockland: The town is asking that victims email “firstname.lastname@example.org” to be put in touch with the correct people to assist them. They have a number of supplies and services that residents can access, and flood updates detailed here.
A Facebook page has also been started for volunteer information.
For Pets: If your furry family member needs medication, food, or a place to stay, VCA Hospitals are happy to help. Some of their locations in Ottawa include the Blair Animal Hospital, Alta Vista Animal Hospital, Kanata Animal Hospital, and more. Follow the link for exact locations.
As for businesses that are offering help and discounts, here is just a handful from the region!
Note: AirBNB’s Disaster Response tool waives all service fees for those affected by the flood. You can also list your home for free.
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