Topic: 2017 quebec floods

Quebec hopes to nudge homeowners out of flood zones with disaster relief program

A new disaster relief program, announced Monday by the Quebec government, will set hard caps on the amount of compensation available to homeowners in flood zones, with the goal of encouraging them to move elsewhere.

Gatineau flood victims face eviction from temporary home

An Outaouais couple may be forced to leave their temporary home after the Quebec government told them they'd no longer be supported by the Red Cross, which has hosted them since the devastating 2017 floods.

A year after flooding, retired West Island senior evicted from hotel with no place to call home

One year after Vasiliki Petrisi and her husband were forced from their home due to flooding, they're now being evicted from the hotel room they’ve been living in, leaving them homeless.

Quebec flood victims lose patience as anniversary nears

Île Bizard flood victims Tauseef and Weena Bhatti say they are fed up with navigating the province's complex web of inspections, estimates and documents, all while living in a hotel with their four children for more than eight months.

City of Montreal wants flood victim lawsuits suspended

The city of Montreal is asking a Court of Quebec judge to suspend dozens of lawsuits filed by flood victims in Pierrefonds-Roxboro.

Flood victims in Pierrefonds-Roxboro sue city, borough for negligence

Some homeowners in Montreal’s West Island who were flooded last spring say they’re tired of waiting for action — so they’re taking legal action against the city.

Quebec's flood action plan falls short on prevention, says flood victim

The City of Gatineau says it welcomes the Quebec government's new flood response action plan, but some flood victims worry the plan doesn't go far enough.

Laval flood victim, fed up by slow government response, ready to tear down house

A Laval woman whose home was flooded last spring says that, after months of waiting for the government to respond to her insurance claim, she’s ready to demolish her house.

One-on-one government meetings with Pierrefonds flood victims produce mixed feelings

Officials from the Public Security Ministry, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and from the borough gathered at the Pierrefonds Cultural Centre Thursday to answer questions from flood victims about their inspection reports and compensation claims.

Montreal region is unprepared to predict and manage floods, report says

Although spring floods like the one from last May are expected to be more frequent, a report has found the Montreal region is too uncoordinated to properly prepare for them.

Montreal-area flood victims still in deep water

The frustration is building for some Quebecers whose homes were flooded last spring, and they are demanding answers from the government.

Flood victim's restaurant, home in limbo after Quebec denies financial assistance

With his restaurant still closed, no money coming in and being denied financial assistance, Tekka Grill owner Michael Gad says he may lose his home after historic spring flooding.

Ahuntsic-Cartierville residents demand answers as basements flood again

Many homeowners have yet to repair damage done by spring floods and are still waiting for government assistance.

Homeowners promised flood inspection reports in next 5 weeks

Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux says the Quebec government is ramping up efforts to inspect damaged homes and demystify the claims process for homeowners anxious to get repairs done.

Frustrations come to the fore at Pointe-Claire public consultation on spring floods

Residents packed a conference room at a Pointe-Claire Holiday Inn Monday night to voice their concerns to the Quebec government about its response to the spring flooding earlier this year, and many left frustrated.

Pierrefonds residents highlight government 'negligence' at Montreal Symphony Orchestra concert

Despite rain and a demonstration by disgruntled residents, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra gave a rousing performance in Pierrefonds on Thursday evening.

Montreal Symphony Orchestra performs for flood victims tonight in Pierrefonds-Roxboro

Thousands of people are expected tonight for a free concert by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra to benefit flood victims in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough.

Residents left scrambling after Quebec bans rebuilding in high-risk flood zones

Some Quebec homeowners and municipalities affected by severe spring flooding are scrambling after the provincial government announced this week it will enforce rules to forbid rebuilding in areas at a high risk of flooding.

West Island man, arrested while trying to help flooded neighbours, granted discharge

A Montreal man who was arrested last month while he was taking part in flood relief efforts has pleaded guilty and been granted an unconditional discharge.

Flood post-mortem will be thorough and objective, says Pierrefonds-Roxboro mayor

Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Jim Beis discussed the borough’s planned review of its flood response on the heels of a tense borough council meeting the previous evening that heard from angry homeowners.

Pierrefonds-Roxboro residents look for answers at borough meeting after flood

Some Pierrefonds-Roxboro residents went to the borough council meeting to share their frustrations and concerns about the way the city dealt with major flooding that hit the area last May.

Volunteers lend flood victims a helping hand in Pierrefonds-Roxboro

More than 200 volunteers gathered in Pierrefonds-Roxboro Saturday morning to help clean up the damage left behind by the major flooding.

Pierrefonds prepares for large weekend flood cleanup

The borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro is getting for a large cleanup scheduled for this weekend for properties affected by severe flooding.

Floodwaters rise in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

The Quebec government is expected to provide an update on how to help residents in flood-stricken areas this afternoon as high water levels continue to rise in some regions.

Volunteers lend a hand as flood clean up begins for hard-hit communities

Several communities in and around the island of Montreal are asking for help this long weekend to collect thousands of sandbags and clear the debris left behind by the heavy flooding that began in early May.

Quebec introduces measures to help flood victims rebuild

One of the measures is the creation of a list of contractors who have pledged to not hike prices for their services.

Receding waters reveal pothole-riddled paths in Ottawa, Gatineau

The National Capital Commission is warning people to be careful along the pathway network in Ottawa and Gatineau, where multi-use paths have been damaged and closed due to flooding.

Montreal flood victim spends days cleaning house at risk of collapse after inspection mix-up

The City of Montreal is warning flood victims to pay close attention to safety precautions before they return home, but one family says confusion with the inspection team left them in serious danger.

Flooded Maniwaki English-language students take refuge at French school

Since May 9, flooding has forced 80 children from Maniwaki Woodland School to move in with their French-language neighbours in "a show of solidarity."

Flood victims suffering from psychological distress, Montreal officials say

Civil security and public health officials in Montreal who have met with flood victims say that the most widespread health problem caused by the flooding is psychological distress.

Quebec boosts compensation for flood victims

The Liberal government has increased the amount of money Quebecers can receive in compensation for damage to their flooded homes to a maximum of $200,000. Impacted residents can also claim appliances and other items damaged by water.

Woman who gave Gatineau shock victim CPR calls for safety around electricity

A woman who helped resuscitate a Gatineau man who suffered an electric shock while sandbagging a home says people need to be careful around electricity as they return to their flooded property.

Flood victims urged to be vigilant as door-to-door contractors offer services

Homeowners hoping to repair the water damage left behind by weeks of flooding are being warned to do their due diligence as potentially unscrupulous contractors begin to go door-to-door in the areas hit hardest.

Flood victims in Montreal prepare to go home, apply for financial aid

While water levels continue to recede across the province, flood victims are flocking to information sessions about the Quebec government's compensation program.

A haggard mayor and everyday heroes: Tales from Montreal's 1886 flood

In the 19th century the banks of the St. Lawrence overflowed so frequently that many Montrealers kept rafts by their property. No flood, though, rivaled what happened in 1886.

Laval neighbours moved to tears after volunteers step forward to fight flooding

After Matt Foley said he was offered little aid by the City of Laval and the Canadian Armed Forces, he had no choice but to write a plea for help on Facebook this past Wednesday in hopes that strangers would step forward to lend a hand.

Montreal to lift state of emergency on Sunday as water recedes

Water levels are receding rapidly enough around Montreal that city officials have decided to lift the state of emergency beginning Sunday at noon.
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Here is every major flood in Quebec since 1928

So far, 187 municipalities have been hit by flooding and 3,641 people have been forced from their homes. But Quebecers have fared worse in the past.

Here is every major flood in Quebec since 1928

This spring's flooding is devastating, but it's far from the worst the province has experienced.

'We are trying to survive': Floods wash away Montreal business owners' life's work

Businesses in Pierrefonds-Roxboro are struggling to stay alive even as floodwaters recede.

Montreal flood-zone map for hard-hit Pierrefonds is decades out of date

Montreal’s Pierrefonds neighbourhood along the Rivière des Prairies saw some of the worst flooding on the island, but CBC has learned that the floodplain map for that area is so old, it's meant only for historical purposes.

Flood victims returning home face health risks, experts say

Experts and city officials are warning flood victims to take health and safety precautions as they go back home because most of their belongings are likely contaminated.

What are flood maps, and why are they important?

Used by urban planners and for disaster planning, it's critical to have up-to-date maps. Montreal doesn't.

Canadian Armed Forces call off military celebrations for Montreal's 375th anniversary

The Canadian Armed Forces have decided to cancel their participation in festivities to mark Montreal's 375th anniversary, so soldiers can continue to assist in flood relief efforts.

Meet the Pierrefonds florists who are trying to keep up with Mother's Day orders in the flood zone

Mother's Day is usually the busiest day of the year for Camille Fleuriste-Boutique in Pierrefonds, but the two feet of murky flood water that has blocked access to the store has left the owners struggling to keep the business going this year.

In flood-stricken Quebec, impact of weekend rain won't be as bad as first thought

After a long week of fighting floodwaters, some good news — the weekend weather forecast, once ominous, won't be as problematic as first thought.

Rigaud threatens up to $5K in fines for those who won't leave their homes

Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. is unapologetic about his town's decision to bring in fines of up to $5,000 for residents who defy the municipal evacuation order.
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Pierrefonds-Roxboro workers claim they were ordered off floodwork to meet Denis Coderre

Some blue collar workers are frustrated and annoyed about being called from their work in flooded areas of Pierrefonds-Roxboro Wednesday for a surprise pizza lunch with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.

Pierrefonds resident's return to his dank, wet home is bittersweet

Itsik Romano returned to his Pierrefonds home for the first time Thursday morning. Aside from the smell, it wasn't as bad as he'd feared, but he and his family face major repairs before they can move back in.

Flood victims, river manager at odds over water warnings

Flooded residents say river authorities didn't do enough to prepare them before waters started rising, but the regulator that manages the river says it warned of rising levels and potential flooding weeks ago.

Armed Forces to stay in Quebec even after waters recede, Philippe Couillard says

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard told flood victims in the hard-hit region of the Mauricie that the Canadian Armed Forces will stick around, even after water levels go down.
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Gatineau residents survey damage in flood-ravaged neighbourhood

Gaston and Fern Ethier took a boat Wednesday to go home to Blais Street to survey the damage to their basement. They count themselves among the lucky ones.

Lending a hand to flood victims: How to help or donate

People affected by the flooding are rallying together to help out. Here's how you can lend a hand.

93-year-old 'tough cookie' grandma insists she'll return to flooded Montreal home

The 93-year-old grandmother forced to abandon her West Island home because of flooding insists she'll return, her family says. They've started an online fundraiser to help fix up the house.

Sask. deploys officers, equipment to help with flood relief in Ontario, B.C.

Emergency Management and Fire Safety commissioner Duane McKay says two members have been deployed to help with flood relief in Ontario, while some equipment has been sent to B.C.

Man arrested while delivering sandbags to flood zone charged with obstructing justice

A man who was arrested while delivering sandbags to a flooded area in Montreal's West Island after police officers repeatedly told him it was dangerous has been charged with obstruction of justice after appearing in Quebec court in Montreal by video conference.

Roxboro couple hope flooding won't dissuade potential home buyers

Yvan Cardinal and Nancy Limoges are particularly motivated to save their home — it’s up for sale. They have accepted an offer, but now they're worried the buyers will back out.

What is covered under the Quebec government's flooding compensation plan?

With the flooding either at its peak or nearing it, many Quebecers are wondering how they will be compensated for the things they have lost. During almost daily information sessions, the government is providing some insight on what will be covered.

Quebec officials preach patience as water levels drop in parts of province

Water levels are gradually starting to go down in parts of western Quebec, but officials are warning that rain this weekend may worsen conditions in the province's central Mauricie region.

Floods causing late planting season for Quebec grain farmers

Quebec Farmers' Association President John McCart says he's worried if the weather doesn't improve soon, the impact of floods and heavy rain could be dramatic for some Quebec farmers.

Flooded Ottawa residents call on city to step up aid

Residents along the flooded Ottawa River shoreline went to city-run public meetings Tuesday asking many of the same questions: how can we stop this from happening again and why didn't help come sooner?

Army's offer to help with Kanesatake flooding revives memories of Oka Crisis

Despite the passage of 27 years, Grand Chief Serge Simon said feelings are still raw in the Mohawk community over the 1990 standoff with Quebec provincial police and, later, the Canadian military that became known as the Oka Crisis.

Federal employees to return to work Wednesday

Federal public servants who work in Gatineau or cross interprovincial bridges to get to their offices in Ottawa have been told to return to work Wednesday after staying home for two days due to flooding.

Flood seals the deal for couple soon to say 'I do'

Elizabeth Tomaras's wedding day is just days away, but she and her fiancé Claude Richard have spent the week trying to save their new home in Vaudreuil, Que., from flooding.

Residents in flood zone should get well water tested, health officials advise

Residents who get their water from wells in areas affected by flooding should get their water tested before drinking it, and should check well pumps for damage, Ottawa Public Health is recommending.

Why you pay out of pocket for flood damage and other things to know about disaster insurance

Did you know most insurance policies don't include 'overland' flooding? CBC posed viewer questions to insurance lawyer Josiah MacQuarrie about nebulous policies, ageing infrastructure and more.

Maria, New Richmond residents fear Highway 132 bridge will remain closed for months

People in the southern part of the Gaspé Peninsula are worried after a pillar supporting the only bridge connecting their two communities shifted Monday, forcing the bridge's closure.

Your photos of the flood: Montrealers share snapshots, videos of their flooded neighbourhoods

In the midst of coping with flooded homes, navigating submerged streets and building walls of sandbags, Montreal residents are sending in their neighbourhood snapshots to CBC.

'We pull together': Federal government to pick up costs to deploy military to flood zones

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will assume the costs for deploying military personnel to flood zones in Quebec.
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Ottawa-Gatineau flood victims share photos and videos of the disaster

Streets have become rivers, homes are lined with hundreds of sandbags, and people's lives have been turned upside down.

Quebec water levels have peaked, but a long road ahead, officials say

Water levels are dropping across Quebec and could be back to normal by the end of the month, but the situation won't improve right away, says Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux.

Ottawa River peaks, but could take weeks to return to normal

The historically high water levels along the Ottawa River appear to have peaked Monday — but it may be weeks before those levels return to seasonal norms.

'I'm feeling rage': Flood victims irate with civil security response

Stéphane Caron has spent the last few weeks trying to save his house in Rigaud, Que., from flooding — and he feels he was alone in the fight.

Ottawa River hydro dams doing their job, says Quebec environment minister

Hydroelectric dams on the Ottawa River are dealing with historic water levels, but the structures are safe and up to the challenge, Quebec’s environment minister says.

Winnipeg company sends 300,000 sandbags to flooded Eastern Canada

Approximately 300,000 empty sandbags are on their way to flood-affected areas in western Quebec, says the owner of Winnipeg company St. Boniface Bag.

A bird's eye view of flooding in Ottawa-Gatineau on Monday

CBC took another helicopter ride over Ottawa and Gatineau Monday to capture video of how high the water has risen.

Quebec pledges $500K for flood victims as water levels expected to drop

The high water levels that have caused devastating flooding in more than 140 Quebec communities are expected to peak today or tomorrow, then start to recede by Wednesday.

Residents in Quyon struggle to cope with rising water levels and no ferry

Rising flood waters have forced the ferry service in Quyon, Que. to shut down — and like many communities in the Ottawa Valley, the village is struggling to cope with the unrelenting deluge of water.

As flood waters rise across region, so does people's frustration

Hundreds of flooded-out residents living within the Ottawa River watershed in eastern Ontario and west Quebec are watching water levels rise with worry. The rivers aren't expected to peak until Monday at the earliest, and rain is still in the forecast.

Grandson fills 600 sandbags, but can't save home for grandmother, 93

Raymond Stelmashuk says he needed more help from the City of Montreal, and an earlier appeal to the military, to save his 93-year-old grandmother's home from being destroyed by the floods. “She thinks she’s coming back too. That’s the hard part."

Here's how you can help the Montreal flood relief effort

Looking to help? Here's what you need to know if you want to lend a hand to relief efforts.

'The hardest part is giving up:' Flooding continues to take toll on Ottawa-Gatineau

Between 80 and 100 Canadian military personnel have been dispatched to the hardest hit areas of the Outoauais, including Gatineau, to assist with relief efforts after relentless flooding.

Montreal under state of emergency as flooding persists

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has declared a state of emergency, as his city and other areas of the province continue to grapple with rising floodwaters.

Montreal, Laval declare states of emergency over flooding

Both Montreal and Laval declared states of emergency on Sunday amid rising floodwaters caused by days of steady rainfall. Canadian Forces have dispatched 1,200 troops to the province to help.

A man, a truck and his canoe: West Islanders join the flood relief effort

As floods continue to ravage buildings and basements across communities in Quebec, people have take to social media to offer up homes, food and supplies.

Premier urges safety as Canadian troops deployed to help with Quebec flooding

Five squadrons of Canadian Forces soldiers from CFB Valcartier have been dispatched to help the flood relief effort in Quebec.

Île Mercier residents not forced to evacuate even as bridge closed to emergency vehicles

As of Saturday morning, the fire department says the bridge is closed even for emergency vehicles.

How to cope when your stress levels rise with the floodwaters

As rain continues to fall over southern Quebec and the flooding worsens, one expert urges Quebecers to keep an eye out for each other and to offer support.

Rising to the challenge: Meet 5 residents helping out with flood relief

As water levels continue to rise and threaten hundreds of homes in and around Ottawa and Gatineau, many residents have risen to the challenge, pitching in to help friends and strangers alike. Here are just a few of them.

Quebec enlists Canadian Forces in fight against rising floodwaters

Environment Canada says a massive system is slowly drenching much of Ontario, the Maritimes and Quebec. Record precipitation levels — with double to triple the seasonal norms for rainfall — have threatened to trigger widespread flooding in those areas.

Faces of the flood: Personal stories from Quebec's hardest-hit zones

Here is what some flooding victims in affected areas across Quebec told CBC about what they’ve lost, their efforts to save what’s left and how they’re helping each other.

Quebec calls in the army to deal with flooding

Quebec Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux says the province has asked for and will receive assistance from the Canadian Armed Forces to deal with widespread flooding.

Île Mercier residents could be forced to leave, says Denis Coderre

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre visited the flooded community of Île Mercier in the city's West Island neighbourhood Friday and said the city may have no choice but to force residents to leave their homes.

'Our worst nightmare is coming': Water levels expected to rise in Ottawa region

The rain isn't expected to let up until next week, and that means water levels in the Ottawa region are going to rise.

As flooding continues, some parts of Quebec seeing water levels drop

While some residents in Quebec are fleeing their homes to escape flooding, others living along the Gatineau River are questioning the lower than normal water levels.

Rainfall warning issued as Quebec braces for more flooding

Quebec municipalities already hit by flooding are bracing for more wet weather this weekend.

Why it's flooding in Ontario and Quebec

Residents of western Quebec and parts of Ontario are bracing for a deluge of rain that could make flooding worse, and the storm system responsible for the wet conditions is expected to reach New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Friday night, Environment Canada says.

Outaouais flooding: Streets like canals, basements like pools

While Gatineau seems to be the hardest-hit area so far, communities on both sides of the Ottawa River are dealing with flooding and the possibility of even higher water levels as the weekend — and heavy rainfall — approaches.
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Aerial view of west Quebec flooding shows extent of deluge

In west Quebec, rising flood water is turning streets into canals and forcing people from their homes. These images show just how dire the situation has become.
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Pierrefonds-Roxboro workers were ordered to destroy sandbags days before flooding

Some blue collar workers with the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro were ordered to destroy sandbags earlier this week with heavy rains in the forecast and flooding a possibility.