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‘Ottawa’ City Urges Pleasure Boaters to Stay off Ottawa River

Although flood levels continue to drop, the city of Ottawa has asked pleasure boaters to continue to treat the shoreline areas of the Ottawa River as no-wake zones for the time being.

Even small waves can breach sandbag walls and create further damages to property in flooded areas.

In particular, the city urged all craft to stay away from Fitzroy Harbour, Constance Bay, Armitage, Crystal Bay, Britannia, and Cumberland areas.

The city also warned that flood-borne debris can pose a hazard to boaters.

Similar cautions are in effect on the Gatineau side of the river.

If your well is affected by flood water, Ottawa Public Health recommends that you do not drink or use the water until it has been tested and found to be safe. Wells may be affected if the well head is below water level, flood water is surrounding your well, or your basement is flooded.

Ottawa also warned residents not to use tap water or flush the toilet if they fear flood water has seeped into a well or septic tile.

Water sample bottles are available at:

Community Hall at the R.J. Kennedy Arena, 1115 Dunning Road
Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive
Royal Canadian Legion 616, 377 Allbirch Road

They can be dropped off at the Emergency Community Support Centres between noon and 8 p.m.

Results are usually available two to four business days after you drop off your sample for testing.

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