The Floods of 1926

Photo–Lost Ottawa August 24, 2015 ·Chaudière bridge downstream. Building on left side is Hull 2 hydro station . Close up Number 2 of our earlier pic, showing flood conditions in the Ottawa River in 1926. I zoomed in on this part for two reasons, the first being that you can see people standing on the bridge observing the high water roaring underneath, only a few feet below them. The other is that you can see vehicles pulled over and parked on the Quebec side of the road past the bridge — you can’t do that anymore!
Lost Ottawa August 24, 2015 —Flood conditions in the Ottawa River, August 29, 1926, looking down river past the Ring Dam.The purpose of the dam was to maintain the water level above the dam where things look relatively calm, so you would hardly think there’s a potential flood going on … but the real clue is how close the water is to flooding the Union Bridge. Water this high at Chaudiere would almost automatically mean flooding in Pointe Gatineau. (NAM Unnumbered)
It wasn’t only Perth that was flooded.. it was everywhere.
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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 23 Apr 1926, FriPage 8

Related reading

Ironworks– Mississippi Iron Works 1928 Flood and Sale

Ferry Cross the Mersey?– Irishtown Almonte

Perth Flood 1930s Tay River

  1. Memories of the Lanark Flood-Wendell Crosbie
  2. The Lanark Village Flood 1998
  3. The Floods of 1926

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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