Rideau River ice breaking set to begin February 11

Ice breaking operations on the Rideau River will begin February 11 between Rideau Falls and Hog’s Back. Blasting will follow starting on March 2. All operations will take place weather and ice conditions permitting.

The City, in partnership with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, undertakes ice breaking operations each year to alleviate possible spring flooding in flood-prone areas. Once started, these operations will be carried out daily.

Ice breaking operations will create open water. Residents are asked to remain a reasonable distance from the river until operations are completed, and to supervise children around water.

For more information, please call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Help prevent localized flooding by clearing your catch basin

With milder temperatures forecast, City crews will be out clearing snow and ice in order to facilitate roadway drainage and alleviate flooding.

Residents are encouraged to help by clearing snow and ice from catch basins near their homes. Catch basins can be located by a yellow “T” bar painted on the roadway identifying a catch basin close by.

Please visit ottawa.ca to learn more about winter operations in our city.