Our crews are mobilizing to deal with spring flooding. We are taking measures to protect residents of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, as the situation evolves. Find complete details here.
May 19, 2020
The City of Montreal’s Civil Security Department confirms that we are now in Recovery mode, with the risk of flooding completely behind us.
The rain and melting snow and ice on the lakes in the Far North of the province will no longer have a significant effect on our region.
You will therefore see our teams begin to dismantle the protective measures installed in recent months to prevent the damage that could have been caused by the overflow of the river. The pumps in the streets are gradually being removed as well.
We thank you for your patience. We can now breathe a collective sigh of relief!
Measures by area
The borough continues to mobilize on a daily basis in order to be ready in case of flooding. Already, several protective equipment and mitigation measures have been proactively installed in several sectors.
Notably, sealing balloons ready to be inflated if needed have been installed in the storm water system, and pumps have been placed in strategic locations and are ready to start up if necessary. Our field crews are also receiving pallets of sand and are actively bagging sandbags. The borough deploys all these resources and protection systems in targeted vulnerable sectors in order to protect municipal infrastructures.
Distribution of sand bags
In due time, sandbags will be distributed to the most at-risk residences by our public works crews, according to the steps and risks identified in our Special Response Plan, in order of priority. As the water levels and flows rise and an area becomes at imminent risk, pallets of bags will be delivered to
A foreman from Pierrefonds-Roxboro will ring at the doors of the residences that will receive pallets to warn residents that they can use and install the bags. It is the responsibility of each resident to install the sandbags. The priority is to protect the entrances to the property (cover doors and windows first). Do not place sandbags all around the property.
Important: There is no systematic distribution of sandbags to citizens. If no pallets have been delivered to your residence, it is because the address in question does not qualify for this distribution.
At all times, citizens who prepare sandbags or build dikes must comply with social distancing directives by remaining at a distance of 2 meters from any person who does not live at the same address, and by avoiding gatherings. All guidelines provided by the Quebec’s Health Ministry must also be applied : wash your hands often, cough in your elbow, no gatherings allowed.
Read this document (in French) for more on how to build dikes in the context of the current pandemic.
Reception and information centres
As requested by the Quebec ministry of Civil Security, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking citizens living in areas at risk to think about where they could be able to stay in case of flooding.
Should you need to evacuate, contact your borough by composing 311. You will be temporarily relocated in a hotel of your sector by the Red Cross and the Borough’s local aid mission will contact you for a follow-up.
Communications with residents
Consult our tips and articles to be ready in case of flooding, on the Flooding page.
- Emergency disaster preparedness kit
- Flooding: How to protect your home
- Flooding: Instructions for evacuation
- Stay informed when disaster strikes
- What to do after a flood
Awareness campaign: Our teams of prevention agents, have been distributing brochures and doorknob cards with information about what to do before, during and after a flood, as part of an awareness campaign taking place on April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16.
Here are some helpful videos that were produced by the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro to help you prepare accordingly in case of flooding.
Get the latest updates
All spring long, and at all times, stay informed :
- Follow the Borough’s Facebook page ;
- Subscribe to the newsletter ;
- Consult the Borough’s website ;
- Subscribe to the texting application Notices and Alerts ;
- Subscribe to the automated phone alert system in case of emergency CodeRED ;
- Check the electronic boards located on the Borough’s main arteries.
How do I know if I live in a flood zone area?
Option 1: All neighbourhoods and residences that have been flooded by the rivière des Prairies, the phreatic table, or the subsoil in 2017 or 2019 are likely to experience spring floods again. You should consider yourself in a flood-prone area and take the necessary measures to protect your belongings and property.
Option 2: Consult this link (map) to find out if you live in an at-risk zone on the Urgence Québec website: https://geoinondations.gouv.qc.ca/
Option 3: Citizens can also make a request to the borough to find out if they are in a flood-prone area. The request must include the complete civic address of the residence in question and must be sent by e-mail to: [email protected]
Is my address on the Quebec government's ZIS map?
Please refer to the Government of Quebec website to see if your property is part of the flood zones map. You must zoom in and look at the legend to see if your residence is part of the special intervention zone or if it has been removed from this zone.
Consult the levels and flows of the watercourse
Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec
Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Every year, Hydro-Québec experts work actively to use their network of facilities optimally to limit the impact of spring floods on the population. Find out more about Hydro-Québec’s management of spring floods.
In this video, Hydro-Québec discusses flow and reservoir management, as well as the role of its facilities in relation to flooding.