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Flooding and spring freshet
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Flooding and spring freshet
Flooding and spring freshet

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Spring freshets are recurring phenomena that generally do not result in significant flooding. Every year, Gatineau carefully monitors the spring freshet. Municipal departments are at the ready and mechanisms are in place to anticipate and rapidly intervene as necessary.

Everyone is responsible for their own safety. Each of you must take the initial steps for ensuring you own safety and that of your family, and for protecting your own property. It is recommended that you have an emergency kit at the ready at all times that contains the essential items each family member needs to make it through at least the first 72 hours.

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Recent updates

Update of March-29-23 at 16:42 – Gatineau surveille de près les niveaux d'eau

Même si rien ne peut laisser présager d'inondations à l'heure actuelle, la Ville se prépare à la crue des eaux, comme chaque année. Ce sont les conditions printanières des prochaines semaines qui détermineront l'intensité de la crue. Pour l'instant, les niveaux d'eau dans les rivières des Outaouais et Gatineau se situent à la normale. Les niveaux de neige ainsi que le couvert neigeux pointent eux aussi à la normale.

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Previous updates

Stay informed – E-mail or text message (SMS) notifications

Sign up for the notification system to receive e-mail, text message (SMS) or phone updates about the spring freshet.

Water monitoring

Water levels may vary depending on the observation point. Water levels are provided in meters and are specific to the site indicated.

Source of data: Sécurité publique Québec and Ville de Gatineau

Hydro-Québec's facilities

How Hydro-Québec's different types of facilities help reduce spring flooding

Visit the Hydro-Quebec Web site to learn more about spring flooding.

Visit the Gazifère Web site for flooding tips.

About Gatineau

Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 291,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.

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