Thursday , June 17 2021

The flood risk continues in the Montreal area, but there are no evacuation orders

River levels continue to grow in the Montreal area, but there are still no evacuation orders in Montreal and Laval.

Residents, town and military workers, and emergency responders work together to prepare for floods, dig dikes and install walls of sandbags.

But if the evacuation order comes, it's vital that residents are ready to leave, said Montreal Operations Officer Martin Gilbo.

"Get ready, this is the main message," he said.

That means packing a bag of clothing and other supplies for 72 hours, lining bags of sand around your home, and considering moving the values ​​from the basement, he said.

In le-Bizard there are about 50 soldiers and another 30 onle-Bigras in Laval, helping with preventive measures.

The bridge from -le-Bizard to -le-Mercier is now closed. Residents can stay on the island or stay at Monte de Elizis's shelter at Ile-Bizon.

SPVM will continue to serve the island with the help of police ships, but there will be fewer resources for those who remain.

"The situation is stable," said Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante, but emergency officials watch time every hour if the risk of floods increases. Rain is expected at night on Mondays and later in the week.

Lauson Street in Pierfund is flooded, but homes are still dry. Some houses on the street had to be demolished after they were damaged by floods in 2017. (Jay Turnbull / CBC)

In Laval, police spokeswoman Evelyn Boudrou said the bridge to Ile-Begras could be closed, as water is expected to continue growing at least until Wednesday.

"[Residents] were asked to park their cars from the island, "said Boudrou.

Seventy-six dwellings in Laval are flooded and several people have voluntarily left their homes at risk.

Western Laval is most vulnerable to floods, she said.

In the western island of Montreal, there are still no flooded homes with the water contained in the roads and terrain.

"We will be flooded, as most communities will be," said Pierrefour Mayor, Roxborough Jim Bays.

"But we hope that with the tools we have, we will minimize the impact on the population and that is our ultimate goal."

Sandbags are loaded in trucks at Pierrefonds High School to supply risky homes.

Closure of roads Pierrefonds – Roxboro:

  • Peerfon Boulevard between the streets of Richmond and Harry-Worth.
  • St-Jean Boulevard between Pierrefonds Boulevard and Harry Worth Street.
  • Gwen Avenue west of the Aumais and René-Émard streets.
  • Lamand Boulevard between the Roses and Edward streets.
  • The Anse à l'Orme Road between Gouin Boulevard and Timberlea-Trail Street.
  • A section of the Rive-Boisée road between 420 and 530.

Here you can find a map of closing roads.

Marie-Eve and her daughters helped fill the sand bags on Monday at the Pierrefonds High School for those living in flood-prone areas. (Jay Turnbull / CBC)

Marie-Eva Menar and her daughters helped fill the bags with sand at Pierferon High School on Monday.

They live in a higher place so they wanted to help people at risk of flooding.

"They were really happy, actually, when we said," Let's make sandbags, "said Menard.

"They have the shovels ready, and if we can do something, why not?"

Guilbault said that teamwork between emergency responders, residents and volunteers will do everything possible as the city prepares for more floods.

"We work hard, people make their part and together we will reduce the impact of this flood on their home," he said.

Those who need Red Cross help can go to the Pierrefonds Cultural Center on Gouin W. 13850 Boulevard from 10:00 to 18:00.

In Laval Red Cross there is a station located in the Chitalishte of Arthur-Sova Boulevard, 6500, open from 07:00 to 23:00.

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