Sunday May 7 flood conditions update (12 noon) - please share widely

posted May 7, 2017, 9:52 AM by bna association   [ updated May 10, 2017, 6:22 AM ]
Hi folks:

We have good news and not-so-good news for our Belltown community. The good news is that, at the moment, the rise is water levels for the Ottawa River appears to be moderating - from a reading of 60.51 metres (above sea level) at 8 a.m. this morning, to a forecast peak of 60.55 - a small rise of about 2 inches. We appear to have sufficient height left on the bike path/berm to handle this (plus the outlet at Birchdale/Maplehurst has been plugged). We don't know, however, what the forecast is for Monday or Tuesday yet, with more water arriving from upstream.

The not-so-good news is that the wave & wind action on the bike path/berm is beginning to have an effect through erosion. We are monitoring this closely but we feel it would be wise for residents on the 1-in-100 year floodplain (go to to see the map) to take precautions by sandbagging basement window wells and basement entrances. The sand bags may be obtained at the Belltown Dome. We say this because, although no breach is imminent, if one occurs there will not be time to protect your home from the flood waters.

We are being reasonably optimistic but cautious - it would be prudent to take these steps now.

And for those not on the floodplain but are helping out bagging sand - our sincere thanks!

Alex Cullen
President, BNA