Recording Breaking Rainfall Recorded Today

Environment Canada says Wednesday’s rainfall in Ottawa broke the previous record set back in 1969. Ottawa airport reported 60 mm of rainfall from midnight to 2:30 PM. The previous record observed at the airport was 41.1 mm in 1969. Observers at the Central Experimental Farm reported more than 85 mm in the same time frame.

It’s the second time this week that a rainfall record has been broken in Ottawa. On Monday 43 mm of rain was observed at the airport, breaking the previous record of 35.2 mm set in 1994.

Meanwhile, some Gatineau residents are facing flooded basements as the heavy rain flooded culverts and triggered sewer water backups. In a news release issued Wewdnesday, the city said the Riviera mobile home park could be evacuated due to flooded culverts.

Water levels flowing through the Rideau Canal had to be adjusted to prevent the Rideau River from topping its banks near some bike paths in the city.

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