It’s nice to finally have a day or two where it isn’t raining. Fortunately here in the Kawarthas, the threat of rain over the next couple days is minimal. Hopefully that will help ease floodwaters that have been rising all throughout the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority’s area. I’ve spoken with a few people in town who have told me their basements are flooded. On a whim yesterday, I decided to take a drive along the river up to Lakefield just to see how high/fast the water was moving. It may not have been the brightest idea, especially considering Otonabee Conservation has explicitly said to exercise caution near lakes, rivers and creeks, or avoid them altogether. I did find that the river was still within its banks, but it was definitely high, and moving considerably faster than usual.
If you live close to a body of water, you’re obviously more at risk than those who don’t – but in the grand scheme of things, we’re generally better off than our provincial neighbours to the east. Today, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced that the state of emergency he declared over the weekend would now extend at least until this coming weekend. 1,500 troops landed in the province today to help battle the floodwaters.
To give you an idea of how crazy things are, check out these videos of floodwaters raging along the Ottawa River in Gatineau:
That video was posted by the account EricsAdventuresHD, and there are a couple more videos from that same channel below. Now I’m no expert on the Ottawa River, but I’ve taken a few walks along the river and the Rideau Canal, and I’ve visited this area a few times – and as I recall, it definitely isn’t raging like that normally. That video above was from a couple days ago. Here’s another that appears to have been shot either overnight last night or early this morning:
And there’s another video posted taken about 100 km upstream from Ottawa/Gatineau in Portage-Du-Fort, Quebec:
Here’s another video with some incredible shots of the water in Gatineau, posted by Dash One Photography:
CBC News shared this aerial shot of the flooding in the area:
So yeah, in the grand scheme of things… I’d say we’re pretty lucky – at least so far.