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FREE FAMILY BUDGETING WORKSHOP hosted by the Community Pentecostal Church /Christians Against Poverty(CAP), 1825 St Joseph Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to save and pay off your debts workshop. For more information call 613-837-3555.

FIRST CHOICE will entertain from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Buffet dinner served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations call 613-590-7227.

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER hosted by the Royal Oak Pub Orléans in support of Habitat for Humanity from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Community BBQ with live bands and a silent auction...The action starts at 1 p.m. with the first musical act. House band Mandie & JF and the Chris Evans Band will take to the stage starting at 7 p.m.!! Come have some fun and show your support!!

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE hosted by the Greater Avalon Community Association from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plenty of bargains to be found as the residents of Avalon take part in this annual community event.

ORLÉANS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 6 and 7 and from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 in the Centrum Blvd. Festival Plaza. Presented by Orléans Festivals and the Heart of Orléans BIA featuring craft beer from 29 different craft brewers. Food vendors will include Orléans own Meatings BBQ. Live music all three days. For more information visit


Residents along Ottawa River busy preparing for potential flooding
By Fred Sherwin
April 20, 2019

For the second time in two years, residents living along the Ottawa River near Cumberland Village are busy preparing for potential catastrophic flooding as heavy rain has seen the water rise over 14 inches in 24 hours.

Some meterologists are predicting the water could rise another two feet which would surpass the level reached the last time the river flooded area houses in May 2017.

A small army of volunteers was busy filling sand bags on Leo Lane and Morin Street all day on Friday. They plan to continue their work on Saturday despite having to do so in the pouring rain. Their efforts are greatly appreciated by local residents who are hoping the sandbangs will help stem the rising water, but the fact that the water may meet or possibly even exceed the 2017 flood levels has them extremely worried - or at least some of them. There are a handful of residents who planned for just that possibility.

Mike Potvin lives on a point of land that juts into the Ottawa River at the end of Leo Lane. In 2017, the flood shifted his house off its cinder block foundation and the water filled the main floor, ruining their furniture, the hardwood floor and the appliances.

Potvin on has spent over $300,000 replacing the cinder block foundation with a poured cement foundation and lifting it several feet above the century flood plain. So as the Ottawa River continued to rise on Friday, he was a picture of calmness knowing that his house was safe and sound.

"I'm good. I slept like a baby last night. I have a new generator that can power the whole house and we have enough food for a few days," Bisson said late Friday afternoon. "By tomorrow the house will look like an island, but we'll be good."

Next door, Dan and Sahondra Larivée or justifiably nervous about the situation. The couple spent over $100,000 on repairs following the 2017 flood, but unlike the Potvins, they weren't able to lift their small bungalow above it's current level.

Dan Larivée is hoping the predictions of a repeat of 2017 turn out to be off target. Even so he has availed himself of the sand bags and the help of the volunteers.

Next door to Larivée, Genevieve Landry and Chris Blenkiron invested $30,000 in a Coffer dam following the 2017 flood. The six-foot diameter inflatable dam is filled with water and replaces the need for sandbags. They didn't have to use it last year, but they are hoping it will do the job this year. Rollande and Frank Roberge are also using a Coffer dam.

Next to Leo Lane and East Shore Road is Morin Road, Armstrong Road and Boise Lane, the latter of which was already submerged in a foot of water by late Friday afternoon.

Volunteers were expected to continue sandbagging all day today, while all eyes will be on the Ottawa River and the rising water level.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)



Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to Orléans

Sir Will production of 'Seussical the Musical' hits all the right notes

Orléans Old Players present pair of comedy short stories

NCAFA, Jr. Gee-Gees form elite minor football program

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Orléans native to play for Great Britain at World Hockey Championships

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