Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 3:55 p.m
Winter is here, but spring is still on their minds
Several Clarence-Rockland residents are still repairing their homes from damage that was caused by the spring floods, almost eight months after the City was hit with unprecedented rainfall in May.
Pierre Voisine, a Clarence-Rockland resident for over 15 years and the Cornwall fire chief, is just now in the midst of finishing renovations to his home on Voisine Road, from damage caused by the flood in May – and his home was not nearly as damaged as others. Out of the 18 residences on Voisine Road, water seeped into four of those homes as water levels reached over seven feet high.
“Two of those houses had significant damage, about 18 inches of water that came in from everywhere,” said Voisine. “The house with the most damage is still finishing up their repairs. A couple of the other neighbours, even though they didn’t have water inside, still had to redo some of their foundation and landscaping, including myself.” Voisine Road, Woods Road and parts of the Old Highway 17 were the most affected by the heavy rainfall in Rockland.
The City of Ottawa and its surrounding areas, including Clarence-Rockland, set the record for the heaviest rainfall month in 100 years with 177.6 mm of rain falling throughout the month of May. The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board, an integrated management board set up by the governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec to ensure the protection of the various interests on the Ottawa River, controls water levels along the river to prevent flooding. Along the 1200 km river, there are 30 reservoirs that can hold 14 million cubic meters of water and those reservoirs are set up to hold excess water from rainfall or snowfall.
“As much as I understand that there was a lot of precipitation, I believe there was human intervention and at some point, someone made the decision to hold back too much water,” mentioned Voisine. “So, if you talk to the engineer, he will tell you that this was all precipitation. But, how much were you retaining before precipitation?”
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