The water is removed, but concern remains

  • Catherine Montambeault

    Monday, 17 July, 2017 06:30

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    Monday, 17 July, 2017 06:30

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    Even if the water is withdrawn for a long time, traces of the flooding are still visible in several sectors of the Québec three months after the spring freshet.

    “Given that the house is uninhabitable, people live elsewhere. Therefore, the team and the experts of public safety, we ask that you enter to assess the state of our home, ” could we read last Thursday on a poster plastered on the door of a residence on the rue Lauzon, in the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Montreal.

    In this sector, there are many houses that are still empty, their residents being gone to live in a hotel or with relatives until they can return to their home.

    Among the victims who have the chance to be back in the fold, some are apprehensive, and already the spring of 2018. This is the case of Michel Cournoyer, a resident of the rue Lauzon who can sleep at home for a few weeks already.

    “I’ve had 6 and a half feet of water in the basement,” he says. There, it goes in the order quietly, but our fear is that it will happen again. I hope that the government will take steps in the fall to avoid it. “

    In a shelter since may

    Luc Laperrière, a tenant of a house on the rue Josée, Rigaud, sharing the same concern. “The level of the river [Ottawa] is still very high,” he says. And it has rain almost every day ! If it continues, we will have the same problem next year. “

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    Since the beginning of the month of may, Mr. Laperrière is hosted by the canadian Red Cross in a shelter in Rigaud, quebec. It should be able to go home this week, because its owner has invested of his own pocket to restore the residence to nine.

    “If we had to I have to wait after the government, I could not rejoin my home before yet weeks, even months,” he says. I know a lot of people for whom it is like that. “

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