EXPECT A SECOND PEAK: Ottawa River flooding could worsen

By Andrew Duffy, Ottawa Sun, April 24, 2019

Local sections of the Ottawa River are expected to peak a second time this spring — several weeks after the current wave of flood water passes through the region, officials warn.

The disastrous May 2017 flood came during the second spring peak, driven by heavy rainfall and snow melt in the northern reaches of the Ottawa River’s drainage basin.

“Yes, we expect a second peak,” Michael Sarich, senior water resources engineer with the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board, said in an interview Tuesday. “But unfortunately we can’t predict what that will look like. We know we have a lot of snow in the northern regions and it’s just beginning to melt.


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