Mauricie region: heavy rains wreak havoc in Charette

News 24 August, 2017
  • Jonathan Roberge

    Wednesday, 23 August, 2017 19:05

    Wednesday, 23 August, 2017 19:05

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    CHARETTE – The ground under the railway line collapsed during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday on the way to Notre Dame Charette, in Mauricie, a direct result of the heavy rains of Tuesday night.

    It was about 5 a.m., Wednesday morning, when Jean-Daniel Boucher has discovered that a part of the rail was floating literally in a vacuum.

    “It was urging to see, because if the train had passed… probably there would have been a derailment,” he told TVA News.

    A passenger train that travels the line Montreal-Jonquière just had to move around during the day Wednesday.

    Freight trains run through regularly in the village. There is talk of convoys consisting of up to 100 cars.

    According to Mr Boucher, it is not uncommon that large cracks are forming in his yard after heavy rain.

    The pipeline would not be able to evacuate properly to a too strong water flow, but the CN and the ministry of Transportation (MTQ) to return the ball, according to this citizen.

    Work to strengthen the railway and replace the pipeline took place throughout the day Wednesday. Both on the side of the municipality, the CN and the MTQ, nobody is able to tell who will have to pay the bill and it is even probable that the owner of the land must pay a portion of the costs.