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Ottawa River flood levels set to surpass 2017 peak by almost a metre

Click to play video 'Canadian military members arrive in Ottawa community to help with flood relief' Canadian military members arrive in Ottawa community to help with flood relief
Members of the Canadian military arrived in Ottawa on Friday and began to help with flood relief, filling sandbags and taking them to residents in need – Apr 26, 2019

According to the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board, due to continued rainfall and snow melt this weekend, the water level in the Ottawa River is set to surpass those seen in the May 2017 floods, in some cases by more than 70 cm.

The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board forecasts that water levels on the Ottawa River are set to surpass those seen in 2017, in some cases by almost a metre. Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board / http://www.ottawariver.ca/forecast.php

“All areas along the Ottawa River that were impacted in 2017, and possible additional areas, are at risk,” said the board in a release. “Reservoirs throughout the basin are being used to store runoff and minimize flooding as much as possible.”

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Homes along Ottawa River left flooded – Apr 25, 2019

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According to the board, the river will surpass levels seen in 2017 at every measurement point except Maniwaki where the water levels will be highest. Mattawa will experience the largest discrepancy by a margin of 74 cm.

On Thursday, the City of Ottawa declared a state of emergency due to the forecasted rain for the weekend which will push the levels past the 2017 amounts.

The City of Ottawa declared a state of emergency on Thursday due to the projected flood levels of the Ottawa River this weekend. Global News

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This means the mayor has called on the province for assistance which in turn calls upon the federal government for aid such as the military.

Mayor Watson has asked for around 400 Canadian Armed Forces personnel to help with flooding measures and hopes they will be here by Friday. According to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale they have yet to determine how the troops will be divided up among the communities affected.

Premier Doug Ford is set to visit the affected areas in Constance Bay on Friday morning.