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Gatineau urges motorists to stay off the roads

Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pednaud-Jobin is a motorist to stay on the roads to allow the first responders to be able to respond quickly to rising water levels.

At the Sunday afternoon news conference, the warned that there would be significant delays during the morning commute.

"If they can change their schedule, carpool or work from home," the Mayor said, "That would limit the impact."

The Chaudière Bridge was closed on Sunday morning and will remain until further notice. This is the rising water level in the Ottawa River.

Highway 50 and Boulevard Fournier are closed as well.

"We are trying to keep the roads open as long as possible," said Gatineau Deputy chief François Duguay. "Our first priority is safety, our residents, our employees and our partners,"

Water levels are expected to peak Wednesday, and the city is expecting to deal with high water for weeks.

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