Response to Severe Thunderstorm

A severe weather event on Saturday, May 21 has caused significant damage, power outages and service disruptions through the city.

City crews are responding to city-wide damage caused by a severe storm that moved through the Ottawa area Saturday afternoon. The City is in enhanced operations for this incident and has mobilized all resources necessary.

The storm has severely affected the Overbrook, Manor Park, Lindenlea and Rockcliffe Park communities. A major gas leak that affected Presland Road, but was safely resolved on Saturday.

All available police resources are on the road and more police have been called in.  Police and crews have assisted injuries and trapped people and have been checking on the well-being of others.

This weather event has affected Ottawa Community Housing communities in Overbrook. Damage to homes, downed trees and power lines have been reported. Staff are assisting tenants and are assessing the impact of the storm. There are no reports of injuries to tenants or staff.

Crews from the Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Service, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Forestry and other services are responding to the emergency and will continue through the night. 

Situation Updates

For up-to-date information, you can  follow these social media accounts for the latest information:

If you are without power but have a battery-operated or crank radio, you can listen to local stations for updates.

Traffic and OC Transpo

For the latest information visit, call 613-560-5000 or follow OC Transpo’s Twitter account. 

Ottawa's online traffic map and the City of Ottawa’s traffic Twitter account have the latest information on traffic delays and disruptions.

Support for residents in need

Additional locations may open as high priority community needs are identified.

Weather events like this can affect everyone differently. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, please reach out and speak to someone. For mental health services and supports, please visit

Residents in need can call 2-1-1 for information on government and local community-based health and social services.


The City’s 3-1-1 call centre is experiencing very high call volume. Ottawa residents are asked to remain patient as workers respond to calls on a priority basis. Please only call 3-1-1 for urgent issues that are a threat to public safety. 

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