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A driver takes a selfie while standing on a car after it falls through the ice of the Rideau River, and a record-breaking snowstorm brings Ottawa to a halt.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at the top five stories on our website this week.

A yellow car whizzes across the Rideau River is in Manotick, Ont. last weekend hit a weak point and crashed into the water, causing a massive rescue operation by neighbors to rescue the driver.

Emergency crews responded to the incident on the Rideau River in the Old Mill Way area, near White Horse Park, around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses reported that at one point the car was traveling at nearly 120 mph.

The incident got a lot of attention after the driver of the car yet a selfie while standing on the submerged vehicle.

“So luckily one of my other neighbors, Rob Crober, had a rope that he had gotten, so he ran back to his seat to grab one of his kayaks from his kayak stand. And I was about to solve the rope, he came back, we tied the rope to the kayak and then just got it out here, says Zachary King to CTV News Ottawa.

“It’s like everything worked perfectly. Got her on the kayak, pulled her in. And as soon as we pulled her in, the car went under. Fully out.”

Police say the driver has been charged with a case of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle under Canadian criminal law.

On Friday, police removed the vehicle from the frozen river.

The Rideau River

Two eight-year-old Ottawa boys were called heroes this week for their swift actions in helping a stranger and their family.

On Monday, paramedics thanked Clayton McGuire for rescuing an elderly man who was almost completely buried in snow during the blizzard. Clayton had seen the man near his home and immediately told his parents, who called 911.

“The Lord was almost completely covered because of the huge snowfall when Clayton spotted him,” the paramedic said.

“A man I saw him on the floor. Went to pick up my mom and dad right away,” Clayton told CTV News Ottawa, describing the scene.

Clayton’s father Joey McGuire said he checked on the man as soon as he was outside.

“I asked the man if he was okay. He seemed like he was hurt; he could not get up, he could not walk, he had no strength at all,” McGuire explained. “Looked like he had been down there for at least 20 minutes, maybe longer, because he was completely covered in snow.”

The man was assessed on the spot, but ultimately decided not to go to the hospital, paramedics say.

Meanwhile, a family in Stittsville credits their eight-year-old son for warning them of a fire in a neighbor’s home, giving them time to flee before the flames spread to their home.

Whitney and Sean Toogood say their son Mason came into their room and said he could not fall asleep again and smelled something funny.

When Sean Toogood investigated it, he discovered the fire next door. The family of four and their cats escaped before the fire spread.

“At the end of the day, my son was awake and he’s one through all of this,” Toogood said.

Clayton

The city of Ottawa spent most of the week digging out after a record-breaking snowstorm hit the capital.

Environment Canada reported 48 cm of snow on Monday, closing schools, vaccination clinics and COVID-19 test sites and disrupting air and vehicle travel.

The city warned that it would take two days to clear all residential streets after the storm, and crews began moving piles of snow away from the streets over the weekend.

Mayor Jim Watson said the cleanup would cost up to $ 5 million.

Ottawa gained another 5 inches on Wednesday.

Ottawa sneplov

The fire marshal’s office, Ottawa police and other agencies this week continued their investigation into the deadly explosion at a tanker truck manufacturing facility in Ottawa.

Six people were killed in the blast at Eastway Tank on Merivale Road on January 13. One person died at the hospital after the explosion, while the remains of five people were located at the scene.

On Friday, the fire marshal’s office said their on-site investigation had been completed and that the investigation team had cleared the site.

There is no timetable for when the investigations will be completed.

“Our investigation process is very thorough, and the thoroughness of our process means it takes time,” Deputy Fire Chief Tim Beckett said last Sunday.

Family members have identified five people as victims of the tragedy: Kayla Ferguson, Rick Bastien, Danny Beale, Etienne Mabiala and Russ McLellan.

Eastway Tank

Empty shelves in the grocery store met some shoppers in Ottawa and eastern Ontario this week.

Gordon Dean has spent the last 25 years in the grocery business. He owns Mike Dean Local Grocer with four stores in the Ottawa Valley.

He says he has never seen anything like it.

“It’s not terrible. But it’s not great,” Dean says. “No one is going to go hungry. No one is going to run out of food in the communities. But the variation is certainly limited. The product that comes in the door is definitely delayed.”

Officials say the lack of truck drivers, mandatory vaccination requirements for truck drivers at the Canada-US border and low-staff businesses are leading to the empty shelves.

Empty store shelves

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