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Flood Update

Flood Update
Posted on 05/03/2019
Flood Update

There is finally a break in what is being described as one of the worst floods in Ottawa’s history. The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board, which controls and monitors the river, is reporting water levels have peaked in Ottawa-Gatineau.

Some of the emergency measures put in place are being lifted as water levels slowly start to drop in most areas. Mayor, Jim Watson is asking volunteers to take a much-needed rest as their efforts will be needed in the coming days to help with clean operations.

OCDSB students and staff are being praised for their commitment to the community. Students and staff from several schools answered the call for help and some formed human chains to help with packing and passing sandbags to soldiers and neighbours to help stop the raging river.

Cairine Wilson Secondary School students were on the front-lines on the first day of the flood waters. Meanwhile, West Carleton High School students demonstrated their commitment to building citizenship by packing in excess of 11,000 sandbags in one day. Hillcrest High School sent over 100 students (of which 17 students were from the Canadian International School of Egypt) to help in flood prevention activities.  The Egyptian students are part of their friendship partnership with the school.

Local and National Media highlighted some of the community outreach that happened in OCDSB schools.

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/extraordinary-efforts-by-volunteers-to-help-with-flood-relief-1.4400387

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/flood-cumberland-students-cairine-wilson-1.5115403

https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-news/west-carleton-students-pitch-in-on-sandbag-efforts-1399914

Our hearts are with those directly affected by flooding and our sincere gratitude to all who have volunteered to assist with flooding or flood prevention. 

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