NEW: Ottawa River Boating Ban LIFTED
The boating ban along the Ottawa River in Renfrew County has now been lifted.
The ban was put in place during the onset of this year's devastating floods, because of hazards with debris and the danger posed by waves to flooded shorelines.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau made the announcement late Thursday evening.
The move comes after Transport Canada officials and Renfrew County paramedics assessed the river conditions on Wednesday with the help of the paramedic service's drone, and after consulting with several local agencies, groups and community leaders.
"After further consultations with municipalities and law enforcement, we continue to see improvements in some areas, however, the situation is not yet back to normal", Garneau said.
The ban is lifted in all areas of the river except some communities east of Ottawa.
"Due to improved navigational safety conditions and following consultations with local authorities and law enforcement, Minister Garneau has removed all parts of the Ottawa River, in Ontario or Quebec, from the list of waters where navigation is restricted except in the part of the Ottawa River between the western point of Île Dubé in the Parc National De Plaisance and the Grenville lighthouse, where navigation continues to be restricted", noted a news release issued by Transport Canada.
This navigation restriction on the Ottawa River is near communities such as Wendover, Plaisance, Papineauville, L’Orignal and Calumet (Quebec), near Hawkesbury.
Here are the specifics from Transport Canada: