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Rideau River Flood at Rideau River Drive and Belmont Ave

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Local resident Harry Thomson's historical water levels

Year Start Finish Ice Free Peak Date Peak Height* Total Snow**
2007 Mar 13 Apr 20 Mar 28 Apr 18 0' 5” 165 cm
2006 Mar 2 N/A Mar 17 Mar 17 N/A 270 cm
2003 Mar 25 N/A Mar 25 N/A N/A 130 cm
2001 Apr 6 Apr 14 Mar 29 Apr 10 1' 11” 268 cm
2000 Feb 28 Apr 11 Mar 4 Feb 28 0' 6” N/A
1999 Mar 31 Apr 12 Mar 21 Apr 8 2' 10.5" N/A
1998 Mar 27 Apr 7 Mar 8 Apr 2 3' 1.5” N/A
1997 Apr 4 Apr 13 Mar 12 Apr 7 2' 11" 322 cm
1996 Jan 20 Jan 23 Mar 2 Jan 21 2' 0”  
Feb 24 Feb 28 Feb 25 2' 0.5” 293 cm
1995 Jan 16 Jan 17 Mar 17 Jan 16 1' 2” (58 mm rain in 3 day Jan)
Jan 20 Jan 24 Jan 21 1' 0” 150 cm
1994 Apr 10 Apr 19 Apr 6 Apr 14 1' 6” 284 cm
1993 Mar 30 Apr 19 Apr 6 Apr 11, 12 3' 8” 344 cm
1992 Mar 28 Apr 11 Apr 3 Mar 28 1' 5.5” 242 cm
1989 Mar 28 Mar 30 Mar 29 Mar 29 0' 11.5” 215 cm
1988 Mar 26 Mar 28 Mar 28 Mar 27 0' 8” 206 cm
1987 Mar 24 Mar 30 Mar 24 Mar 26 1' 11” 172 cm
1985 Mar 13 Mar 16 Mar 14 Mar 14 3: 51' 0' 9” 236 cm
1984 Apr 5 Apr 11 Mar 28 Apr 6 2' 3.5” 259 cm
1982 Mar 31 Apr 5 Mar 30 Apr 1 2' 9” 206 cm
1981 Feb 18 Feb 27 Feb 22 Feb 21 5' 1.5” 174 cm
(Ice jam at Donald Street)
1980 Mar 21 Mar 24 Mar 23 Mar 21 4' 8” 168 cm
1979 Mar 13 Mar 28 Mar 15 Mar 25 2' 7” 229 cm
1978 Apr 3 Apr 17 Apr 5 Apr 14 3' 10” 248 cm
1977 Mar 11 Mar 20 Mar 13 Mar 14 3' 5” 192 cm
1976 Mar 24 Apr 5 Mar 29 Mar 26 5' 1.5”  
Mar 28 5' 11.5” 259 cm
1973 Mar 5 Mar 22 Mar 15 Mar 13 3' 9”  
Mar 18 3' 3” 238 cm
1971 Apr 11 Apr 21   Apr 15 3' 9”  
Apr 17-19 3' 9” 434 cm
1963 Mar 28 Apr 6 Apr 1 Mar 31 3' 3.5”  
             
Water levels are from measuring stake* at Thomson's Landing in front of 2066 Rideau River Drive.
When water level on stake* reaches 2 feet the water flows into Windsor Park. When water level on stake* reaches 3 feet 4 inches the water flows across Rideau River Drive.
* Base of measuring stake (0' 0") is approximately 4 feet 4 inches above summer level of river.
** Snowfall data from 1972 to 1992 from the Ottawa Citizen, March 19, 1992.
 
Data taken from my records - H. A. Thomson

Note: H.A. Thomson of Rideau River Drive in Old Ottawa South passed away on May 2, 2010 at 85 years of age.

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