Ottawa declares state of emergency due to flooding

Apr 25 2019, 8:26 pm

The City of Ottawa has declared a state of emergency as a result of continued flooding in the area.

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On Thursday, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson formally notified the Ontario government, and the city said it is formally requesting financial assistance and additional resources on the ground to support city staff.

In response, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the provincial government would support the city through this “difficult” time.

“Our government has initiated the process to facilitate the City of Ottawa’s request,” he said.

This, he furthered, includes a request by the Solicitor General Sylvia Jones to Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale for assistance of the Canadian Armed Forces in dealing with the flooding.

“I will be travelling to Ottawa first thing tomorrow morning to meet with the mayor and city officials, tour the areas impacted by the flooding, and meet with residents to ensure they’re getting the support they need from their provincial government,” Ford added.

Ford said that anything Ottawa needs the province “will be there to support them.”