Floods of spring: The victims are always angry

News 19 December, 2017
  • Photo Agence QMI, TOMA ICZKOVITS
    Martin Coiteux.

    Pascal Dugas Drone

    Tuesday, 19 December 2017 18:56

    Tuesday, 19 December 2017 18:56

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    QUÉBEC | minister of public Security recognizes that the assistance plan for the flood of last spring was too ” complex “, that has not calmed the grumbling among the people.

    Martin Coiteux has promised Tuesday to file in January or February an action plan which will set out the ways to make help more accessible in a future disaster.

    Michel Papineau, a host of Gatineau, who travelled to Quebec city on Tuesday to attend the forum on the floods, was not satisfied by the act of contrition of the minister.

    “It is necessary to implement timely solutions. It is tomorrow that the disaster victims need. Not five days, not in three months. “

    According to Mr. Papineau, the situation of the victims of the spring, the cost of unexpected for the government and it would have done better to act more quickly.


    “If we don’t take care of the disaster victims, it is the health system that supports them. I have neighbors who are in depression, that have made heart attacks and others that will be separate. The cost to society is far greater than we think “, he said.

    The financial assistance to the victims has had its share of criticism since the floods of spring, which affected more than 290 municipalities and forced the evacuation of over 4000 people.

    58 % dissatisfied

    Since April, $ 100 million was paid in compensation to the victims. Eight months later, 120 families, about 1100 at the peak of the crisis, are still hosted at the hotel.

    Moreover, a SOM survey conducted with 452 victims in six regions reveals that 58 per cent of those flooded are dissatisfied with the services received.

    -With Simon-Pier Ouellet, special collaboration, and Nadia Lemieux