With floodwaters receding, Quebec victims now focused on compensation, cleanup
Water levels going down provincewide but recent rain may still cause issues in Mauricie region
While thousands of Quebecers are still out of their homes, the flooding situation across the province is improving as water levels fall.
For many flood victims, their attention is now focused on compensation and cleaning up.
But some say the compensation being offered by the province doesn't go far enough.
"They are deciding what's essential to your home," said Matt Foley, whose Laval home was flooded.
"They're saying if you have a living room upstairs, your living room downstairs is not essential ... even if that's where you spent all your time."
Homeowners are also being warned to do their due diligence to make sure they don't get duped as contractors begin to go door-to-door in the hardest-hit areas.
Rigaud to allow some homeowners to return
The provincial government will hold more information sessions for flooding victims this week, with a stop in Pontiac tonight at 6:00 p.m. in English and 7:30 p.m. in French, at the Luskville community centre on Highway 148.
In Rigaud, information sessions also take place today, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Paul-Brasseur building, 10 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Street East.
Quebec's Public Security Ministry is also setting up a temporary office at the Paul-Brasseur building, where homeowners can speak with a representative and file a compensation claim.
Authorities in Rigaud are planning to allow some of the 500 people forced from their homes by floodwaters to return to their residences.
Those homes will still need to undergo an inspection to determine if they are safe to live in. The inspections will take place on Tuesday.
Water levels going down provincewide
Conditions for all the cities and towns along the Ottawa River and Lake of Two Mountains have significantly improved. Montreal opted to lift its state of emergency yesterday.
Though water levels are going down in the Mauricie region, authorities there are still on high alert.
The water levels are still high, and the impact of the weekend rain may only truly be known over the next few days.
The community of Yamachiche extended its state of emergency for another five days Sunday.