Pincourt advises affected residents to contact government to correct flood zone map inaccuracies
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Pincourt council is encouraging its citizens who have been erroneously included within the province’s current flood zone map to report the inaccuracy to the provincial government.
The Town of Pincourt is encouraging its citizens whose houses are within the province’s current revised flood zone maps but have never been affected by flooding, especially during the spring floods in 2017 and 2019, to contact the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation (MAMH) to advise them their properties should be removed from the maps.
256 houses prone to flooding
Under the province’s new revised mapping that was recently unveiled, a total of 256 houses in Pincourt are currently prone to flooding. It’s a figure that doesn’t reflect the reality of what actually occurred in Pincourt during the 2017 and 2019 floods when only a few properties required intervention by the city, said Mayor Yvan Cardinal at the Tuesday evening council meeting on July 9.
Cardinal, who is also the Vice-Prefect of the Municipalité Régionale du Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, said he and the other mayors were left confounded as to why the province didn’t bother to consult with the cities that were affected by the floods in 2017 and 2019 before the maps were released.
“This way we could have given the province a clear picture of the reality of what actually happened,” Cardinal told The Journal after the council meeting.
Flood mitigation measures
The province’s current maps also don’t take into account all the proactive measures the affected cities took this year to mitigate the severity of the floods including building temporary dikes which resulted in substantially less flooding than in 2017.
The maps were officially unveiled by the government during a public information meeting last Thursday, July 4, at the Château Vaudreuil Hotel. The event drew a standing room only crowd of over 500 people who criticized the government for including properties in its revised flood zone that were never affected by the floods in 2017 and this spring.
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Satellite imagery errors
The mapping discrepancies apparently stemmed from errors in the satellite images that were provided to the province by the federal government, according to Nathalie Provost from the provincial Ministère de l’Environment et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC).
But for Cardinal, the main question he and the other mayors from the cities who were affected by the recent floods is why the province decided to present its flood zone map without consulting with the affected municipalities beforehand.
Province should have consulted municipalities
“I don’t know why they presented to all the cities and citizens a map like that. If the province had spoken to us, we could have given them a good picture of the reality of what happened,” said Cardinal. “The proof of this is the meeting that was held on July 4. There were a lot of citizens from Pincourt and other cities in the MRC who complained about the current mapping.”
The mayor is encouraging citizens from all the affected municipalities to advise the province of the inaccuracy of its current flood maps by sending their individual pertinent information related to their particular property via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.