Volunteers packed sandbags Saturday and trucked them out to Constance Bay residents staring down what the local councillor is calling a “heartbreaking” flood situation.
“It is heartbreaking. Because to see it all blown away, nothing you can do about it — it’s just like watching somebody drown, and you can’t swim. It is emotional,” said Coun. Eli El-Chantiry.
The City of Ottawa said Friday afternoon that about 75 properties had been affected by the heavy rains and rising floodwaters, with the majority of those properties in the west-end neighbourhood along the Ottawa River.
On Bayview Drive, one of the hardest hit streets in Constance Bay, residents waded through waist-deep water Saturday afternoon as fire crews went door to door, checking on people.
El-Chantiry told CBC News his own home “up the road” was also under more than a metre of water.
“It’s so hard to see people’s life savings, people’s homes [lost]. On the other hand, we’re thankful no one got hurt. We managed to get people out that need to be out,” said El-Chantiry.
“I’m one of those people, also,” he added. “We’re no different from the rest of the folks here.”
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At the nearby community centre, Steve Nason of Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue helped coordinate the relief efforts.
“It says a lot about the community. There’s been a ton of people coming out today to help out,” Nason said.
“The expectation is we’ll probably be here as long as we’re…