Spring flooding? Lighter snowpack helps reduce flood risk this year, but brings no guarantees

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.


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