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(Updcated 6 p.m., May 7)
The generators have fallen silent on Leo Lane

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

The fllood waters have breached the sandbag walls that, until this morning, were protectecting a trio of homes on Leo Lane. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Where once there was the constant drone of gas-powered pumps struggling to keep the flood water at bay and volunteers were busy filling hundeds of sandbags, Leo Lane is silent now, which is bad news for the street's last remaining holdouts.

Michel Potvin, Dan and Sahondrina Larrivée, and Genevieve and Chris Blenkiron were all forced to vacate their waterfront homes on Saturday after the power to the street was cut off for safety reasons.

When they left, the sandbag walls they had erected around their homes with the help of dozens of volunteers were still standing and the Ottawa Fire Service had brought in their large pumps to take over from the much smaller ones.

But not even the high capacity pumps were any match for the sheer weight of the water against the sandbag walls and they eventually gave way early Sunday morning.

With nothing preventing the water from pouring in, the emergency crews packed up their pumps and moved them further east to Morin Road, Boise Lane and Armstrong Road which are fighting their own battle against the flood water.

The scene after the firefighters had left was eerie. The water at Potvin's house, which is the lower of the three, was at least 18 inches above the ground floor. The Larivées' ground floor was submerged by about six inches ot water, as was the Blenkiron's house.

It was a heartbreaking scene, made more so by the knowledge of how hard the owners and volunteers fought to keep the rising water at bay.

All that's left to do now is to wait for the water to receed and assess the damage left int he aftermath. That could take as much as 10 to 14 days.

Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais says he's hopeful that the volunteers, who so selflessly donated their time and efforts to limit the damage, will return to help the residents clean up the debris that will be left behind.

In the meantime, he's been assured by the Ottawa Fore Service that the street will be kept under watch to protect the private property which has been vacated due to the flooding.

"The road is closed and I've been told that Ottawa Fire Services will be maintaining a 24-hour presence in the area while the situation is ongoing," said Blais, who has regulary visits to both East Shore Road and Morin Road over the weekend.

The pumps have gone silent on Leo Lane where six houses sit partial suberged by floow water. Fred Sherwin/Photo

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