Municipality of Mansfield Flooding 2017 is my focus today for this post. We are not affected personally because of our elevation, but for many people in our community, it is a different story. This weekend, we broke records for rain accumulation and today, May 8, 2017, we are being blessed with a snow storm as well. This was the view this morning!
Ottawa/Gatineau and surrounding areas including the Ottawa Valley and Pontiac regions have been affected by rising flood waters and many are now unable to return home! Mansfield declared a state of emergency on May 6th and ordered a mandatory evacuation for people in specified areas for their own protection, as this has been the worst flooding in 100 years! We saw the Army arrive on Sunday May 7th to help with relief efforts.
According to the Ottawa Airport, the precipitation for the month of May, please note it is only May 7th, has hit a total of 112.6 mm of precipitation. When compared to the month of May 2016, totals were measured at 26.2 mm of precipitation, it is easy to understand why this is occurring! Here are some other comparisons…
Total Precipitation Record. See complete official tables here.
- April 2017 – 147.6 mm April 2016 – 43.8 mm
- March 2017 – 86.8 mm March 2016 – 79.8 mm
The pictures that I am sharing demonstrate just how high the water levels have become is in past few weeks. Most of the pictures that I took are photos of places that didn’t have water there previously, and are now flooded. Others demonstrate the amount the water has risen!
This is the red covered bridge, also known as the Félix-Gabiel-Marchand Bridge in Mansfield. This bridge crosses the Coulonge River and was built in 1898. I found a picture on Wikipedia of the bridge in it’s normal state with average water levels. The other 2 pictures I took this morning.
Here is a secondary bridge where the water is alarmingly high as well.
This is a small rest area that there is beside the covered Bridge, that has been swallowed up by the river.
Front and back yards are slowly filling up with water.
Sandbags are being delivered around the town to try and save people’s properties and low lying roads.
Many detours are now in place because roads have become impassible.
This section of green space is typically clear of water. The river usually only flows on the other side of the Birch trees seen in the second picture shown below.
As I meander towards Fort Coulonge, water is creeping beside the main road.
Children’s playgrounds are now inundated and unusable.
This is a community organization that offers many spring and summer programs for people in our community. The fields are usually clear of water.
Beyond this road and many other roads are many homes and cottages that can no longer be accessed.
I have simply covered three communities that have been affected. Ottawa, Rockland, Cumberland, Gatineau, Quyon, Aylmer, Renfrew, Pembroke and surrounding areas are some other places being affected as well. The Red Cross and Canadian Army, along with many restaurants, hotels and countless volunteers are present and providing relief efforts for those affected.
I hope everyone stays safe! Stay out of flooded areas until notified that they are safe to return.
Until my next post,