Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has declared a state of emergency as river levels continue to rise, threatening to surpass those reached during devastating flooding two years ago.
Watson made the announcement during a news conference Thursday afternoon.
River authorities are now forecasting that in some areas, water levels could rise up to 11 centimetres above the peaks reached during the devastating floods in May 2017.
Watson said he’s also asked for help from the Canadian Armed Forces, and has been told 400 troops will be deployed to key areas.
The city has also formally asked the province for financial assistance.
This afternoon Premier Doug Ford said he spoke to Mayor Watson.
Ford said he will be in Ottawa tomorrow morning to meet with Mayor Watson and tour areas impacted by the flooding.
Premier Ford said anything Ottawa needs to help affected families and support city staff on the ground, the Province of Ontario will be there to support them.
Ottawa last declared a state of emergency during the ice storm in January 1998.
Photo source: twitter.com/JimWatsonOttawa/