June 25, 2014 4:59 pm
Updated: June 25, 2014 7:48 pm

Heavy rainstorm leads to soggy basements in L’Île-Bizard


L’ÎLE-BIZARD, Que. — A number of disaster clean-up workers spent the day on Paquin Street in L’Île-Bizard on Wednesday.

Basements in this part of the West Island were completely destroyed following Tuesday night’s rainstorm.

Environment-Canada said that up to 60 millimetres fell across the island of Montreal on Tuesday.

At the home of Joseph Dentus, the flood water was close to seven feet in height.

His basement had to be gutted Wednesday morning.

Thousands of dollars of exercise equipment were tossed into the garbage.

“I feel so-so about this,” said the frustrated homeowner. “What can I do?”

A glimpse inside a basement in L’Île-Bizard after floods on June 24, 2014.

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Fifteen firefighters took part in an operation early Wednesday morning to help affected residents.

More than six houses suffered significant damage, including the home of Sylvain Bilodeau.

“There was two feet of water all around my house,” he said. “I’m pissed. Very pissed.”

He said that he believed Mother Nature was only “partially” to blame.

Bilodeau said he thinks that infrastructure upgrades are needed in his neighbourhood.

“New home construction in a nearby area is causing water drainage problems across Ile-Bizard,” he added.

“I have contacted City Hall about the issue. They’ve ignored me.”


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