Ville de Gatineau
Flood update: Take advantage of the fine weather, but remain prudent
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Ville de Gatineau
News release
Flood update: Take advantage of the fine weather, but remain prudent

Gatineau, May 6, 2023. – While monitoring the situation, Gatineau has noticed that since last night, water levels have been stabilizing, as anticipated. The slow and gradual decrease should start early next week. All shoreline property owners must remain vigilant and leave the protections they installed in place because the situation continues to remain precarious.

Watch out for waves

With the fine weather forecast for the weekend, Gatineau reminds everyone to avoid driving through the flooded areas, and to reduce their speed on roads that are under water. Fast and dense traffic creates waves that could cause more damage.
The federal government has issued a prohibition against water craft on the Ottawa River on the Quebec side until further notice. The notice applies from the west end of L'Isle-aux-Allumettes to the MacDonald-Cartier Bridge, and from the Bridge to Masson-Angers. In addition, Sureté du Québec will be patrolling the waters throughout the weekend.
The Service de police (SPVG) and the Service de sécurité incendie (SSIG) will be patrolling in and around the flooded areas to ensure that the public is aware of the impact of the waves on flood victims.

Owners of artesian and surface wells

Water in artesian and surface wells located in a flooded area must be considered non potable. Affected residents should get a supply of drinking water from another source (for instance from a neighbour who is not affected, a water distribution system or bottled water), or boil their water for one minute before consuming it or using it for food preparation.
For the procedure to be followed once the floodwaters have completely receded to ensure the integrity of the equipment and the quality of the well water, go to

Quick facts

To date, 694 people have registered with Ville de Gatineau. Of those, 137 are in the care of the Red Cross and are being housed in hotels.
Flood victims can take a shower during business hours at the following three aquatic centres:
- Centre aquatique Lucien-Houle;
- Centre aquatique Paul-Pelletier;
- Centre sportif de Gatineau;
- For business hours, consult
Wellness checks are continuing today, and some residents are being referred to the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais (CISSO) as necessary.
Consult the interactive map at to find out more about road conditions, sandbag distribution sites, parking available to shoreline property owners, and areas that could be affected.
Gatineau will continue to update residents as the situation evolves. Residents are asked to sign up for text and e-mail alerts at

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Ville de Gatineau
Marie-Hélène Rivard
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Ville de Gatineau

À propos de Gatineau

Reconnue pour sa qualité de vie, Gatineau est une ville de 292 000 habitants. Elle est située sur la rive nord de la rivière des Outaouais, et s'étend à l'est et à l'ouest de la rivière Gatineau.

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