Reports state that 492 homes are now listed with the City of Ottawa as houses with flooded basements following last Friday's rain storm. For some people this is the third or fourth time their homes have been flooded. Lawsuits from the last flood on 2002 are still on-going. People are very upset with the City since it promised in 2002 that the work it did following that flood would prevent any further floods.
We were very fortunate that the water that entered our house was "grey" water, not sewage. Grey water is storm water mixed with household water from the sinks and bathtubs. we were fortunate too that we had little in our finished basement that was damaged other then the flooring and the wallboard. The photo on the right showsthe material removed from our basement and stored under our carport. The one on the left shows our home and our neighbour's with one of the City's responses to the disaster. "Local traffic only."
The centered photograph shows another City response, in two languages, to reports of people stealing damged furniture and electronics sitting on lawns while waiting to be taken to the dump.