Montreal – April 26, 2018
Fears of a repeat of last year’s flooding in the minds of Montreal residents.
Eleven months ago, multiple regions of and around the island of Montreal fell victim to rising waters and more than 6,000 homes were damaged – some irreparably. Business were lost, roads closed and at least one bridge partially washed away – others closed, as the region submerged.
Montreal and Laval declared a state of emergency – more than 2,700 residents were evacuated, some to hotels were many still remain, locked in a fierce battle with the city and more or less homeless. By May 10th, the Canadian military had dispatched 2,200 soldiers and a convoy of vehicles to the affected regions, and began sand bagging and helping residents build retaining walls – much of the efforts were too little late, as damaged had already been done.
As Montreal moves to remove the remaining flood victims from their hotel rooms, fears of a repeat performance are starting to find their way into the minds of the island’s residents – largely due to the persisting snowfall that has only just dissipated, as spring finally seems to have about, bringing rains with it.
Today, Environment Canada issued a heavy rainfall warning for the entire island of Montreal, as well as Laval, Longueil, Chateauguay, La Prairie and Varennes and is urging residents who live near the water’s edge to be on the lookout for rising waters and to alert authorities should those water levels rise significantly.
Quebec government moves to remove remaining flood victims from hotels
Flood victims still in limbo; while the Quebec government again attempts to force the remaining 44 families still living in hotels and receiving meals allowances from the government, to leave. Roughly $10.3 million dollars have already been spent on putting up displaced residents in hotel rooms and keeping them fed – leading to many asking what is taking so long for claims to be processed and payments paid out.
At its highest, more than 1,000 families were temporarily housed in hotels. Most have returned home while others continue to wait for the government to announce a new plan of action.
According to Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux, pay-out’s of over $135 million have been made to the victims of last spring’s floods. Since then, plans have been put in place to prevent a repeat situation, including revamping out-of-date map of flood zones in the province in low-lying areas like Pierrefonds, Roxborro, Ste Genevieve and Ile Bizard.