Near-2017 Ottawa River Levels Predicted By Weekend

As people around the Ottawa Valley continue to prepare for, and cope with, spring flooding, the latest forecast for water levels on the Ottawa River hasn’t changed much.

The Ottawa River Regulation Board’s latest forecast predicts the river will rise another 31 cm in the Pembroke area by Saturday to 113 meters above sea level.  That is 3 cm shy of the 2017 flood levels.  

Farther downstream in the Lac Coulonge area, the river is forecast to rise another 81 cm by Saturday to 108.5 metres.

That's 2 cm shy of the 2017 levels in that area.

The board warns that the forecast is only a prediction, and levels will be extremely unpredictable in the days to come because of more rain that’s forecast toward the weekend and additional snow and ice melt.  

Peak levels are not expected until at least a week from now.