West end residents rally to shore up waterfront weak spots as Ottawa River rises

By Erin McCracken, Ottawa Community News, May 7, 2017

Armed with shovels and bright orange sandbags, west end residents worked side by side through the rainy weekend to shore up weak points along the banks of the rising Ottawa River in a race against time and Mother Nature.

“It’s pretty incredible knowing that everyone’s working together to keep the community safe,” said Brigit Nielsen, who has lived in Britannia for four years.

(...)“There’s weak points,” Nielsen said, adding that locals were worried about rising water levels and the potential for wind to send the waves over berm constructed last year between Rowatt and Jamieson streets that was designed to keep the Ottawa River from spilling over into the low-lying areas. “Hopefully, it’ll stay calm.”


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