A woman is brought out of her home by Ottawa Fire as flood water rises in Constance Bay.
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The heavy rainfall has ended in the capital region, but the hard work continues for flood-stricken regions on both sides of the swollen Ottawa River.In fact, the region dodged a bullet, weatherwise.According to Environment Canada measurement stations, Ottawa got 13 mm of rain through the day Friday, Kemptville got 11 mm and Petawawa 23 got 23, all well below the forecast 25-50 mm that had been forecast.And while the agency expects rain mixed with snow through the day Saturday, no large amounts are expected. In addition, the temperature is expected to slide to -2 C overnight, which could mitigate the rate of snowmelt in higher, northern areas, a key factor in the rate of rising water levels.As of 8 a.m., the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board reported the water level at Lac Deschênes/Britannia was 60.22 metres above sea level, while the Gatineau Marina was at 44.79 metres above sea level, both only minor increases from Friday. Both are at or near the record levels set in the devastating floods of 2017.While little rain is expected in the next few days, the river is still expected to rise and the agency is still forecasting the flooding levels won’t reach their peaks until Tuesday or Wednesday.The city of Ottawa remains in a state of emergency and Canadian Forces are on sandbagging lines and performing other duties several sites across the region.Gatineau, which is also in a state of emergency, continues to battle on several fronts, including the Old Gatineau sector and riverside Aylmer.The small community of Clarence-Rockland also declared a state of emergency this week and officials are to hold a public meeting to lay out the situation at 2 p.m. at the Optimiste Theatre, 1535 Park Ave.