Pembroke Declares State Of Emergency As Ottawa River Keeps Rising

Pembroke is joining other communities in declaring a State of Emergency over the threat of flooding, as the Ottawa River keeps rising.

River regulators expect the water to hit historic levels this weekend.

The City made the declaration this morning, to put them in a position to respond if the rising river causes more serious problems than it already has.

At this point the public waterfront areas have sustained the most extensive damage so far from the Ottawa River flooding. 

But on Friday morning, water was creeping closer to the downtown than it had before, passing beyond the tunnel in the berm that separates the waterfront park area and Lake Street businesses, and the additional sand berm that was placed near the tunnel.

Water was also spreading around more areas near the marina and around the waterfront park, all of which remain closed to the public.

There are also about 25 homes along Pembroke's portion of the waterfront that are at risk.

River regulators say Pembroke can expect to see the river rise another 22 centimetres by Friday, with the peak anticipated at that time.

Sand Bagging Efforts Ramping Up

If you are interested in offering support with the City’s flood relief efforts, please call 613-735-6821 ext. 1409.

The City will be setting up a sandbag station at the Pembroke & Area Community Centre (40 Bennett Street, Pembroke, ON).

The sandbag station will be open May 9th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

On Friday, May 10th, the facility will be open from 7:30am-6:00pm.

The city is asking interested volunteers and community organizations to register at the Pembroke & Area Community Centre if they wish to assist with filling sandbags.

Sandbags will be available for pick-up at the Pembroke & Area Community Centre for residents in affected flood areas in the City of Pembroke.

The Pembroke Fire Department has been and will continue to visit residents in affected flooding areas to conduct wellness checks, provide information and determine what form of assistance may be required. City staff remain in a state of readiness to address the situation.

Waterfront Homeowners On Alert

There are about 25 homes along the city’s portion of the Ottawa River waterfront, but nobody there has been displaced at this time.

The City has so far been able to manage the situation with its own resources, but if that changes in the days to come, the declaration will allow them to request more help in shorter order.

Several homes along the Indian River also experienced flooding before the Ottawa River started to pose more serious concerns.