Due to the heavy rain in conjunction with the spring melt this year, a historic amount of flooding has displaced hundreds of people from their homes in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. As a result of this the National Capital Commission has closed paths by Parliament Hill and in Gatineau Park until 2018.
Three paths that are closed until 2018 due to flooding include:
- The Ontario section of the Ottawa River Pathway behind Parliament Hill because of “severe shoreline erosion” and sinkholes.
- The Voyageurs Pathway from the Portage Bridge to the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau because of erosion, sinkholes and “infrastructure damage.”
- The Lac-des-Fées Pathway in Gatineau Park, which has been “damaged beyond repair.”
The NCC said some parts of the parking lot near the Champlain Bridge are closed due to sinkholes and that the Lac Leamy beach is closed due to high water levels, with the electrical systems being severely damaged, however Lac Leamy is open.
The NCC also explained how their pathways will be rebuilt to a “higher standard” that should protect them in the case of similar flooding occurring again in the future.