Flood Updates: One dead in Pontiac as waters continue to rise in Ottawa and Gatineau


Pontiac Mayor Joanne Labadie said residents of the area were struck by death, which happened around 3 o'clock in the morning.

On Friday, three counties in Outaouais, Pontiac, Val-des-Monts and Saint-Avellin declared a state of emergency and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Premier Fran├žois Legault that he would send the army to help .

Water levels throughout the region are being monitored closely, with rain continuing overnight, increasing the threat of flooding on both sides of the river.

For the second time in three years, homeowners were filling sandbags, building makeshift walls, and preparing for the water to overflow the banks of the river. Ottawa and Gatineau appealed to volunteers to help fill the Saturday sandbags from 10am to 4pm.

With local rivers filled with melting snow, the amount of rainfall – and its intensity – will be critical factors over the next few hours and days to determine if the region will experience another significant flood just two years after the disastrous spring of 2017.

A driver died after plunging into a swollen creek with molten water and rain that fed the Ottawa River. The accident happened at Chemin Bronson Bryant, south of Rue de Clarendon, west of Quyon, in the county of Pontiac.

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Flowers left on site.

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The city of Ottawa has also expanded the number of places where residents can get sandbags.


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