No need to declare emergency over flooding yet, City of Ottawa says - Ottawa - CBC News

By Terry Pritchard, CBC News Ottawa, May 5, 2017

As heavy rains cause chaos across parts of eastern Ontario and west Quebec, the City of Ottawa is holding off on declaring a state of emergency, officials said Friday afternoon.

"At this time, staff do not recommend declaring a state of emergency, as city services are responding within their capacity," said Anthony Di Monte, the city's general manager of emergency and protective services, in a Friday afternoon memo to Mayor Jim Watson and the rest of city council.

(...)Local conservation authorities have issued flood watches and warnings, and the board that manages the Ottawa River basin told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning said the rising waters on that waterway were "very worrying."

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