Pincourt Mayor Cardinal provides flood relief assessment
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
A gravel dike along a stretch of Chemin Duhamel near Le Faubourg de L’Île shopping plaza in Pincourt managed to keep flood waters from entering the city’s storm drain system which could have flooded up to 150 nearby homes, according to Mayor Yvan Cardinal.
High water levels along the Ottawa River have Pincourt town officials keeping a vigilant stance as Mayor Yvan Cardinal delivered an assessment of the flooding situation during the Tuesday evening council meeting on May 14. Cardinal is also Vice-Prefect of the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
Water levels along the river were decreasing during the past week but rose again after the level in Lac Saint-Louis began rising, Cardinal told The Journal after the meeting.
“We’re still working 24 hours a day,” said Cardinal. “We want to be sure nothing will happen. In 2017, the water level in the lake was at the same level one week earlier as it is now.”
He said this year’s flooding at four weeks has lasted considerably longer than in 2017. “We’re keeping everything under control. We’re working hard to protect people’s properties, but it’s tough. It’s really tough. The water isn’t going down fast enough,” Cardinal said.
People have noticed water levels have risen again with the past week, said the mayor. One vantage point where it’s noticeable is the boat ramp at Bellevue Park, at the intersection of Chemin Duhamel and Avenue Monseigneur Langlois.
Two of the three large rocks along the south side of the ramp have been completely submerged again with only a tiny sliver of the third rock barely poking through the water.
Gravel dike kept water at bay
Only five houses on Duhamel near the Taschereau Bridge have been affected by flood waters this year. While the number may seem insignificant, Cardinal said the city’s proactive stance by building a large temporary gravel dike during the early stages the flood in mid-April helped to prevent what could have been a more catastrophic situation.
The dike helped to keep flood waters from reaching Duhamel and entering into the storm drain system which prevented a possible back flow that could have affected around 150 residences in the area, said Cardinal.
Mutual aid to other municipalities
Pincourt also extended a helping hand to other neighbouring municipalities “We’re happy to support them if they asked for our help and services. We have to work together. Some municipalities came to help us with fire services a couple of times,” said Cardinal.
Town officials learned from the 2017 flood and began preparing their emergency response to another possible flood this season about two weeks before this year’s flooding began, said Cardinal. He added that all the municipalities within the MRC that were affected also began preparing their flood relief efforts early.
The mayor took a pensive stance regarding the possibility that the past two floods could become a regular occurrence. “We have to look to the future to find a more permanent solution. We can’t keep doing the same thing every two years. It’s impossible. It takes up a lot of resources, personnel and money,” he said.
MRC took proactive approach
As MRC Vice-Prefect, Cardinal said the MRC took a proactive approach in all the municipalities that were hit by the flooding within its territory including Rigaud, Hudson, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac, L’Île-Cadieux, Terrasse-Vaudreuil, Pincourt and L’Île-Perrot.
The MRC began coordinating relief efforts in the affected municipalities days before the flooding began. Cardinal said they provided daily updates on the status of the floods, and made sure that manpower including emergency personnel, police, volunteers and other resources went directly to the areas that were most affected.