The City of Montreal wants to be reassuring with citizens who could be affected by possible flooding. Teams were dispatched to the field the day after the alert mode was triggered.
“The related cities and boroughs are currently working on the ground,” said Martin Guilbault, division head of the Montreal Fire Department. What we are asking of citizens is to prepare. »
Due to the spring floods, several boroughs and agglomerated cities, located along Lac des Deux-Montagnes and the Rivière des Prairies, are at risk of flooding of varying severity. Île-Bizard, Pierrefonds and Ahuntsic are particularly concerned.
“We are monitoring the situation very, very closely. As things evolve, we will put in place the measures that will be necessary, “said Martin Guilbault.
For the moment, the City of Montreal has not identified any flooding on the ground and no evacuation scenario is planned. It is also still too early to tell if the water level is approaching the levels observed in 2019 or in 2017, when Montreal was affected by major flooding.
“I know there are people who are a little stressed. The residents, I understand them, but the alert mode is precisely that: we are ready, ”assured Alain Vaillancourt, head of public security on the executive committee of the City of Montreal.
The City of Montreal asks citizens to prepare to protect their homes and to have a 72-hour emergency kit. But no need to bring sandbags for the moment, we specify.
“You have to be able to be self-sufficient and if you ever have to evacuate, do I have someone I can go to?” Do I need to protect furniture in my basement? It’s things like that that we have to prepare,” recalled the division chief of the Montreal Fire Department.
Citizens concerned can find out more on the montreal.ca website, in the Floods section.