We live about ten houses uphill from the Rideau River. The “uphill” part of that sentence is important.
This is Rideau Garden Drive, underwater.
You may remember that Ottawa had an extraordinary amount of snow this year. According to today’s Ottawa Citizen, the total snowfall is now over 436 cms (= 14’1″). That’s the second highest total on record.
No surprise, then, that the Rideau River is spilling over its banks. A half-block of Belmont Ave. is more hospitable to canoes than cars.
I like this photo (click to enlarge). Sometimes a very ordinary object repays attention, as I explained in a recent comment.
This area tends to flood in the springtime. Not every year, but frequently enough that someone drove a measuring stick into the ground. I have no idea how accurate it is — whether the river is actually three feet above its normal level.
The Rideau River has already peaked (probably). The Ottawa River is still rising, though.
Next up is a photograph I took last month. To reduce the risk of flooding, the municipality breaks up the ice each spring (so that the ice doesn’t jam and cause the river to back up). Some years, they can use a boat equipped with a device that pounds the ice into fragments.
This year, the ice must have been thicker: the city used dynamite.
I’ve manipulated the image using Paint Shop Pro. The boat is there to make waves, and thus to wash the ice fragments out into moving water.
This is Brantwood Park, a few blocks away from our house. You can see why it’s a park, and the lots aren’t developed for housing!
Nice weather for ducks!
Not so nice if you’re an ant, looking for a picnic to raid.