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Watch: Heavy rain knocks out power in Ottawa, forces schools to close

While residents post videos of pumpkins, green bins, and more being washed away, experts declare 2017 the wettest year Ottawa has ever seen.

The Ottawa area was pounded with rain on Monday.

Jesse Cnockaert

The Ottawa area was pounded with rain on Monday.

High winds and driving rains caused power outages and school closures across Ottawa on Monday morning.

Hydro Ottawa is working to restore power to thousands of residents in different parts of the city, repairing power lines damaged by the storm.

Flooding has been reported on city streets and in parking lots. 

Ottawa Hydro's power outage map as of about noon, the utility was hoping to restore power to most customers over the next few hours.

Ottawa Hydro

Ottawa Hydro's power outage map as of about noon, the utility was hoping to restore power to most customers over the next few hours.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board says several schools have closed for the day, including Richmond Public School, Charles Hulse School, Stephen Leacock in Kanata, Castor Valley Elementary School and Stonecrest Elementary school. 

The schools had all lost power or suffered some flooding.

St. Philip, St. Isidore, and St. Michael, Schools in the Catholic board had also lost power, but remained open.

Trees were also down across the city, causing isolated road closures.

Ottawa has been deluged by rain across the region this year. A special weather statement issued on Saturday warned that as much as 100 millimetres of rain could fall by the end of Monday.

The rain was at its heaviest Monday morning, and is expected to taper off in the afternoon.

The additional rain this weekend— on top of spring flooding— pushed 2017 into the wettest year Ottawa has ever seen, with 1213 millimetres of precipitation having fallen so far. 

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