‘Ottawa’ Flooding Compensation Program will be Available to Gatineau Residents
Gatineau residents will get some help to cover the cost of damage done by this week’s flooding.
“We have just been informed that residents in the City of Gatineau will be able to get compensation through the Quebec government’s compensation program,” Marie-Hélène Lajoie, the city’s chief administrative officer, said Thursday. “We don’t have all the information about how it will work yet, but we will be better informed on Friday.”
Lajoie says information sessions for residents will also be held in the next couple of days.
The level of the water in the Ottawa River has been slowly rising, and officials are predicting a significant increase before the weekend.
“We are expecting a rise of about 20 centimetres,” Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin said.
Officials say they are maintaining a close watch on melting snow, with more rain the forecast. There are now 33 residences affected by the flooding, compared to about 20 on Wednesday.
“No residents have been evacuated (from their homes), but we are getting ready for the worst,” says Jean Boileau, director of the communications for the city.
Residents in hard-hit areas described the situation as the worst flooding in more than 20 years.
“There have been 12,000 bags given out to residents and we are making between 1,000 to 1,500 bags more every hour,” says Pedneaud-Jobin.
The city has added two locations where residents can collect sandbags to block off the rising water, including one on Cartier Street, a newly affected road on the Gatineau River.
Residents seeking more information can visit the city’s website.
In the east end, ECOLOS said Friday it is cancelling ferry service between Rockland and Thurso, Que. for the day due to high water.
In Ottawa, Luc Gagné, director of roads services, said Ottawa River levels and flows may continue rising depending on the precipitation over the next few days.
Communities around Deschênes Lake in the west end and Boise Village, east of Cumberland, are at risk of flooding, according to the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. On Wednesday, there were floods on Morin Road and Leo Lane in Boise Village.
Gagné said flooding is currently affecting two roads in the city: Trim Road at Petrie Island and Boise Lane between Morin and Armstrong.
There are sand and sandbags available at locations across the city. More information is available on Ottawa.ca