Flood 2019 survivors' tales: Clark and Sharon Derraugh

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During the final week of April 2019, Ottawa-area residents watched as the Ottawa River, swollen by rain and the springtime melt of snow and ice, rose a full metre, to a record 60.70 metres above sea level.

The deluge, which eclipsed 2017’s “flood of the century” by 25 centimetres, caused sandbag dikes to collapse and flooded homes and businesses throughout the Ottawa Valley and West Quebec, forcing people to seek shelter on higher ground.

Many lost furniture and other belongings. Homes were ruined.

We asked some of those most affected to share their stories.