Flood waters in Quebec : Towards a return to normal

News 13 January, 2018
  • Marc Vallières/QMI Agency

    Dominique Lelièvre

    Saturday, 13 January, 2018 13:28

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    After another chaotic day in the vicinity of several rivers in the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions, the stabilization of water courses allowed hope to return to normal shortly, Saturday.

    “The problems are not all resolved at the time where we talk, but we are going in the right direction, because the flow comes back to the states to more normal,” said France-Sylvie Loiselle, of the civil Security.

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    In addition to the Saint-Charles river, which has caused widespread flooding on Saturday, the situation is being resolved. The level of the rivers has declined over the day in several areas, allowing citizens to blow off somewhat.At Beaupré, Sainte-Anne river of the North has finally stabilized after being out of his bed the night before in the area of Royal avenue. A majority of the thirty residents evacuated were able to return to their homes, but some will have to deal with flooded basements.

    Isolated residences

    In the north of Saint-Raymond, Portneuf, an ice jam broke the Green river on the rank of the North, isolating a dozen homes, but the situation is improving. “The flows are expected to decrease in the next few hours,” said Ms. Loiselle.

    This scenario is repeated in Beauceville, where the Chaudière river has closed some roads in the morning.

    “There are movements of ice which are completed in the course of the morning, then it is sure that sometimes there have been small outbursts, which led to some road closures, but things are returning slowly to normal in Chaudière-Appalaches,” assured the spokesperson.

    In Quebec, the rivers Yellow and Loreto have also been the object of increased surveillance, but the worst seemed to have been avoided in the end of the day.

    Another danger

    With the return of the big chill, another phenomenon, however, could play spoilsport near rivers, warns the civil security, which remains on the watch.

    Frazil ice, which appears when the ice begins to take, in turn, might affect the flow of the water course, explains it. “So, things are returning to normal, but some areas may also be taken to these phenomena […]. We continue to be vigilant, ” says France-Sylvie Loiselle.