The City of Ottawa is urging residents to be cautious as hidden hazards may lie beneath the floodwaters. Some of these hazards could include debris carried downstream and deposited at a new location – such as residential areas, parks and pathways.
Some of the hazards include:
- Natural wood
- Pieces of fencing and docks
- Glass and construction hardware – such as screws and nails
In addition, people must be aware that floodwaters may hide changes in elevation – such as ditches, open drains, pools and creeks. Take precautions when walking in areas whether or not you are familiar with the area.