Egan: How the Ottawa River ran us over
Ottawa Citizen

By Kelly Egan, Ottawa Citizen, May 8, 2017

On April 20, or about 20 days ago, the spring rush of the Ottawa River was thought to be under control — with a “positive prognosis” being offered by the City of Gatineau as it proceeded with mostly precautionary flood measures.

Sandbagged. Oh sandbagged were we.

Suzanne Villeneuve, coffee in hand, stood on her porch on rue Moreau and talked about how there was no water in the house on Saturday, little on the street, but three feet by Sunday afternoon. “There was absolutely nothing, and – in matter of 24 hours — it came up and never stopped.”

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