Flooding along Rivière du Nord and the Ottawa River in Québec remains serious and local authorities are doing their best to remain prepared and assist residents.
In Brownsburg-Chatham, several areas are experiencing flooding, according to a news release issued by the town, which also calls on affected residents to voluntarily evacuate their homes for their own safety.
The municipal campground is offering free, temporary sites to residents affected by flooding who have trailers or RV’s and need a place to reside. The shower and laundromat facilities at the campground are also open for anyone requiring them.
For information on obtaining a site or using the other park facilities, affected residents can call 450-562-1456 or go to the campground, located at 457 Route des Outaouais (Route 344).
Place Laurin and the neighbourhood north of the downtown area in Lachute are still being affected by rising water on Rivière du Nord. The city is still telling residents of those areas that they should evacuate.
As of Wednesday afternoon, five buildings had evacuated, 10 were flooded, eight were lightly affected by flooding. An additional 49 were considered “isolated.”
The municipal rest area at the intersection of Routes 148 and 329 has been completely closed due to the risk of a landslide.
In order to improve traffic flow and safety, the city is putting measures in place to limit traffic in the area north of the downtown in order to reduce the amount of traffic and give easier access to emergency vehicles. Flooded streets, and parts of other streets are closed, and there are also restrictions on parking. The Sûreté du Québec is enforcing the measures.
The armed forces continue to work with local authorities in St-André d’Argenteuil. The areas most seriously affected there are along Rivière du Nord in St-André Est, and downstream of the village where the du Nord enters the Ottawa River. There is also flooding in Carillon on the Ottawa River.
The Île-aux-Chats bridge is closed to vehicle traffic, but pedestrians can cross. However, the bridge is being closely monitored and could be completely closed if deemed necessary.
Rue de la Seigneurie was closed during the day on Wednesday so crews could do work to protect the road from further damage.
In Grenville-sur-la Rouge, Chemin de la Rivière Rouge has been closed to all traffic between Chemin Kilmar and address number 1335 due to flooding on Rivière Rouge.
The emergency shelter for residents affected by flooding in St-André d’Argenteuil, Lachute, and Brownsburg-Chatham remains available. It is located at the Kevin Low/Pierre Pagé Arena at 80 Avenue Hamford. Red Cross personnel are on location and will assist residents needing accommodations, counselling, or other support.