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Ottawa Flood's Recovery, How can we help?

As the residents of Constance Bay, Ontario we know the hearts of all of us living in the Ottawa-Gatineau region have gone out to the residents who have been forced to leave their homes in recent weeks because of the flooding caused by the unusually high water levels of the Ottawa River and the heavy rain.

Hundreds of people living along the river in Ottawa, Gatineau and communities beyond have been affected by the flooding and have seen water enter their homes.

The good news, as reported in the media in the past few days, is that the water levels are finally receding. Of course, it will be many weeks and a lot of work before those affected residents will see their lives returning to normal.

As the residents of Constance Bay and realtors in the Ottawa area, we were not surprised by the outpouring of support that we have seen from our community, from those wanting to help their neighbours in any way they can.

If you’d like to help with the flood recovery efforts and to assist those affected by the flood, the city of Ottawa website offers several ways you can help.

If you go to the site, at, you will find links on the main page to essential flooding information as well as a link to tips to prevent basement flooding in your own home.

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We offer our best wishes to those affected by the floodwaters as they work to recover in the challenging months ahead.