Things are looking up for Saint-André-d’Argenteuil residents. The flood waters from the Rivière du Nord are finally receding. And the municipality has planned an open house this evening, to show residents the tools it used during the past days of the flood emergency. In addition, it and the City of Lachute are urgently looking for accommodations for flood victims.
The level of the Ottawa River remains high (25.05 meters) and could vary slightly downward and upward over the next few days, according to hydro-meteorological forecasts.
The Ottawa River levels may remain high for several days and the municipality notes that there is a risk of a second flood from the snowmelt process that is not over.
The municipality says that the Île-aux-Chats Bridge is no longer at risk, given the lowering of the level of the Rivière du Nord. Citizens in this sector can park their vehicle (s) as usual. The system installed along the footpath used during the closure of the bridge will be removed and possibly withdrawn, when all risk of flooding will be eliminated.
Despite lower water levels, the municipality continues to monitor the entire territory.
Flood victims are invited to open a file at the Ministry of Sécurité publique online at securitepublique.gouv.qc.ca or by phone at 1 888 643-AIDE (2433) (no charge). The municipality refers victims to the simplified General Program guide for compensation and financial assistance in the event of actual or imminent disasters – FLOODING. Residents can also contact the municipality if they have questions.
Laurentian CISSS psychosocial workers and emergency responders continue their field tours to identify and maintain contact with people having made the choice to stay in their home despite the floods.
The regional emergency shelter remains open to disaster victims, in partnership with the MRC d’Argenteuil and its local municipalities, at the Kevin-Lowe / Pierre-Pagé Arena, located at 80, rue Hamford, in Lachute. The Red Cross is on hand to welcome the victims, who can also register online at crossrouge.ca or by phone at 1 800 863-6582. Psychosocial support is also offered. The shelter can be used for overnight accommodation, but also for respite, a shower, a meal, or for support.
In collaboration with several local and regional partners, the municipality of Saint-André-d’Argenteuil is actively involved in setting up hosting solutions; more information will be available soon.
In the meantime, Saint-André-d’Argenteuil, the City of Lachute and the MRC d’Argenteuil are working to find accommodations in the area for flood victims. If you have an apartment or house to rent or lend, please email: [email protected] with the following information:
— Address of the location for rent;
— Type of building (house or dwelling);
— Size (number of rooms);
— Located on which floor? (2nd, 1st, basement);
— Duration of the loan or lease;
— Cost (if applicable);
— Animals (accepted or not);
Any other relevant information. There is an open house this evening (May 2), from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; the municipality and its partners open the doors to the town hall and command posts to the entire population. The staff and municipal council will present the various measurement tools and maps that guided them during the interventions of the last weeks. Teams will be available to respond to questions. It will also be possible to obtain summary information about the program compensation and psychosocial services, in addition to being able to register Ministry of Public Security and the Red Cross.