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Preparing for spring freshet: Montreal is asking residents of flood-risk areas to take preventive measures

10 avril 2020

Montréal, le 10 avril 2020 - In the exceptional context of the current pandemic and of the potential risk posed by rising water levels, the urban agglomeration of Montréal is asking residents of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Ahuntsic-Cartierville, L'Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève boroughs, as well as of the Village de Senneville and the City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to be vigilant. Residents of these areas are also encouraged to take all the necessary precautions when preparing sandbags and building dikes.  

The urban agglomeration of Montréal, its fire department (Service de securité incendie) and its civil protection centre (Centre de sécurité civile) are ready to respond as needed. They are monitoring water flow and levels closely. The urban agglomeration is working to prepare and provide the necessary resources to enable residents of flood-risk areas to take action, as needed. For a third consecutive year, a prevention campaign was launched in collaboration with boroughs and municipalities located in flood-risk areas.  

The urban agglomeration would like to remind the population that in case of an emergency or natural disaster, it is the residents' responsibility to take the first actions to ensure the safety of their home and property.

Sandbags and dikes
Citizens who prepare sandbags or build dikes must comply with social distancing directives by remaining at a distance of 2 metres from any person who does not live at the same address, and by avoiding gatherings.  

They must also wash their hands regularly, cough in their upper sleeve and avoid touching their face.  

Residents who wish to obtain sandbags and build dikes should contact their borough or municipality.

Residents of flood-risk areas should consider housing options in case of an evacuation.   

As ordered by the minister of public security (Ministère de la Sécurité publique), no emergency shelters for evacuees will be available, due to the current risks of contagion. Residents who need to evacuate their homes must contact their borough or municipality. They will be temporarily relocated in a hotel.  

Should water levels become worrisome, residents must evacuate quickly, as ordered by authorities, or if water levels near the electrical panel.

Emergency kit
Residents are encouraged to prepare an emergency kit. This will enable them to cover their family's basic necessities for at least 72 hours, if needed.

The emergency kit should include warm clothing, water resistant coats, as well as the identification documents of every resident of that home.

Residents are also encouraged to plan for a safe shelter for their pet.

More information
The Flooding page on the city's website provides information concerning flood prevention measures. Borough and municipality websites provide additional information regarding local action taken by municipal authorities.

The free Montréal – Resident Services app provides Notices and alerts concerning emergency situations and unforeseen events.