By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, February 24, 2018
Spring flood season is still two months away, but for the moment the region has a little good news: there’s a lot less snow up-river from Ottawa and Gatineau than there was last winter.
A heavy snowpack wasn’t the single biggest factor in last May’s floods, says a report from the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board. But it played a role.
“The main cause of the exceptional 2017 spring flooding can be described easily in just a few words: rain, rain and even more rain,” the report says.http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/spring-flooding-lighter-snowpack-helps-reduce-flood-risk-this-year-but-brings-no-guarantees