Are spring floods the disturbing new normal?

By James Bagnall, Ottawa Citizen, April 24, 2019

Two years ago, homeowners in the capital region could comfort themselves that record floods were a freak anomaly. Rainfall in the Ottawa River basin that April — all 159 millimetres of it —was the highest it had been in 125 years according to the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board.

That, combined with a significant snow melt, produced enough river water to flood thousands of homes in Quebec and more than 500 residences in Ottawa.

Now, here we are again, with flood waters approaching and, in some areas exceeding, the levels of 2017. And this, a scant seven months after a series of tornadoes ripped through the capital region.

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