• James Armstrong

Rigaud and Pointe-Fortune flood situation update


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Ottawa River floodwaters are very close to the 100-year flood zone level and are continuing to rise. That was part of the announcement made by Interim Director of the Rigaud Fire Department Daniel Boyer at press conference held Thursday, April 25 at the Fire Station.

He noted the cubic metres of water per second flowing through the Carillon Dam in Pointe Fortune have not attained 2017 levels but appear to be headed in that direction. Boyer noted that more evacuees from flooded areas in Rigaud were seeking help from the Canadian Red Cross to find temporary housing. Boyer encouraged residents to leave flooded areas regardless of whether or not their individual homes were flooded.

The crucial period for a rapid increase in water levels is the next 24 to 36 hours. Weather forecasts are predicting heavy rainfall throughout Friday and part of Saturday. Boyer said it was difficult to predict the precise effect on the flooded areas of Pointe-Fortune and Rigaud.

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

In Pointe-Fortune, the main street through the village, chemin des Outaouais, has been closed as it has been overrun by the Ottawa River at the ferry landing. Homes lining the street along the riverside are also being overrun by water. For example, Meg and Ian Sinclair’s swimming pool in their backyard has been filled with river water due to the crashing waves from the river. Members of the SQ were making door-to-door calls to verify that residents were safe and secure. The river had not reached the main floor of Sinclair’s home although the basement is full of water.

Sécurité Publique Québec announced a red alert of the possibility of breach of a dam on the Rivière Rouge further upstream on the Ottawa River on Thursday afternoon.

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