Tues May 9 Evening Update

posted May 9, 2017, 7:27 PM by bna association
Things are in good shape, but if the winds pick up we will ask for some volunteers for scheduled erosion monitoring on the berm.  Anyone walking the berm can look for areas where the soil is caved away under the ground or bike path where there are no large rocks (called rip rap or armor rock) breaking the impact of the waves.  If such a spot is found, take a picture and email it to association@belltown.ca so someone can have a look.  There are a variety of factors which determine whether or not more sandbags can/should be placed in such areas, but as the erosion changes, the possibility of placing more bags changes too.  If you see sandbags waiting on the side of the path, please do not move them or attempt to place them.

Russell attended the 1pm information session at Nepean Sportsplex.  The information provided was focused on a financial relief program called Provincial Disaster Recovery Assistance (www.ontario.ca/disasterassistance).  At this time, the City of Ottawa has asked the Minister to activate this program, and is awaiting a response.  The details of this program are complex, so please check their website.  Most importantly, if your home or property was affected, document it as much as possible (before/after photos and video) to assist your claim if the program is activated.  If your home or property was affected and you have costs from the emergency, keep your receipts for reimbursement. 

The Red Cross is asking anyone who experienced loss or damage from the flooding to register with them.  The City believes 310 homes have been affected.  Registration will also allow the City to get a more accurate damage assessment.  Currently, registration is only possible in person, but check www.redcross.ca in the next 2-3 days for online registration.  Residents are encouraged to register even if the damage was only a wet basement or sewer backup (both of which we understand occurred for some residents in Belltown).

Mayor Watson announced a CRA program to defer payment deadlines for 2016 taxes until Dec 7 (a 5.5 month extension) for residents affected by the flood and has indicated that cleanup of debris collecting in flood affected areas has begun but will take about 4 weeks.  Volunteers can sign up to assist clean up efforts here.