Region braces for biggest flood hit yet as rains begin in earnest
Ottawa Citizen

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, May 5, 2017

The Quebec government asked for the army to help with historic flooding Friday, and Ontario’s emergency system was on high alert as more people on both sides of the Ottawa River evacuated their flooded homes and braced for the biggest hit yet: a weekend rise in the river of as much as 35 centimetres — well over a foot.

In Gatineau, the hardest-hit city in the capital region, more than 250 residents had left their homes. The city had put out 160,000 sandbags by late Friday, and there were entire blocks where the flat brown flood water is lapping against house walls. The trouble stretched from Lac Leamy east to Masson.

Cumberland and Clarence-Rockland, which declared a state of emergency on Thursday, have waters rising around waterfront homes.

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