Waters to rise again in Ottawa area, even as N.B. turns to flood recovery mode

Water levels are expected to rise again this weekend between Ottawa and Montreal, even as New Brunswick's floods are effectively over.

Officials warned late Thursday that "significant'' rainfall is expected to raise water levels in the Ottawa/Gatineau area down to Montreal, although they aren't expected to exceed the previous highs of earlier this spring.

Water levels to the west of Ottawa, between Mattawa and Lac Deschenes, will also rise this weekend, and the peak could exceed maximum levels earlier this spring _ and even previous historical highs.

The City of Ottawa, which has been in a state of emergency since April 25, said with water levels expected to rise in the city, people should keep sandbag walls intact until the city says it is safe to remove them.

Meantime, New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization said Friday the Saint John River is now below flood level in all regions of the province as recovery efforts continue.

EMO says satellite and temporary offices are opening to assist those affected by flooding with financial assistance claims.