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‘Some won’t rebuild’: MPs say hundreds of their constituents face hard choices in wake of Ottawa River floods

By Nina Russell      

The question of whether or not to rebuild amidst the prospect of worsening floods in the future troubles many residents, particularly those who spent money rebuilding in 2017, only to have their homes destroyed again this spring.

Canadian Forces personnel, pictured on April 30, 2019, stacking sandbags at Constance Bay, just outside Ottawa, which is part of Liberal MP Karen McCrimmon's Kanata-Carleton federal riding. Canadian Forces units were deployed to flood zones along the Ottawa River Valley in response to record high water levels. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

As many residents in Ottawa-Gatineau region, Quebec, and New Brunswick grapple with the fallout of another year of intense flooding of the Ottawa River last month, MPs say, it’s forced hundreds of their constituents to decide whether to rebuild or relocate. 

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