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Dams and river level management questioned as provincial task force examines flooding –

by ahnationtalk on May 15, 2019109 Views

Some residents along the river are angered by photos, circulating on social media, showing water levels in some spots on the Ottawa River that are low enough to expose riverbed, while communities downstream are flooded out.

As the Ottawa River slowly recedes, the province will look at what can be done to reduce flooding in the future, mitigate its effects, or both.

The task force was established by the province in the wake of spring flooding in the Ottawa Valley and in central Ontario. The internal task force will discuss how to better prepare for floods and respond to them when they happen.

“This is two years out of three that the Ottawa (River) has been devastatingly high,” said John Yakabuski, natural resources minister and Renfrew-Nippissing-Pembroke MPP. “It’s only the right thing for us to stop and take a look, and see if there’s anything that we can do differently.”

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