April 19, 2017 4:26 pm

Tiny isle in West Island on floodwatch

Ile-Mercier is bracing for flooding overnight.

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Ile-Mercier only has a few dozen residents, but since the tiny island is connected to Ile-Bizard by a single two-lane bridge, officials are warning residents to be careful should the span become flooded.

“We’re ready if something happens, if the water comes up to the levels where we have to ¬†ask people to put cars on the other side of the island,” said Ile-Bizard-Ste-Genevieve Borough Mayor Normand Marinacci.

Marinacci said the island is seeing possibly¬†the worst flooding it’s had since 1998, when virtually all of Ile-Mercier was evacuated. Many longtime residents mark time by 1998.

Ile-Mercier is bracing for flooding overnight.

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Residents are being advised to keep their cars on the other side of the bridge should flooding worsen, and a sports complex on Ile-Bizard is going to be used as a makeshift shelter if needed. Marinacci said the river levels are expected to rise six inches overnight, independent of the rain expected to fall.

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