30 homes evacuated after flooding in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Île Bizard
Rising water levels in the Rivière des Prairies has caused flooding in parts of Pierrefonds-Roxboro and Île Bizard, in Montreal’s West Island.
The City of Montreal issued a statement Tuesday saying water levels are continuing to rise.
Spokesperson Philippe Sabourin said the city will provide sandbags 24 hours a day so residents can protect their homes.
Al Burr, who lives on de Gaulle Street, said it’s the worst flooding in over 30 years.
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“I’ve never seen it like this,” he told Global News.
“Usually at the end of the street, there’s a little turnaround there close to the water. I’ve seen it come up close to there, but not even on the road.”
Burr said the flooding took place in a matter of hours.
Sabourin said the corner of Pierrefonds Boulevard and Saint-Jean Boulevard has approximately seven centimetres of water, but cars can still make their way through.
The City of Montreal is monitoring water levels in Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
In addition, the Town of Pincourt also stated it is at risk of flooding.
“Right up until now, we’ve never had this problem,” Burr said.
“So, why is it doing it now? I haven’t got a clue.”
Andrew Szyngiel, a longtime Pierrefonds resident, said the area hasn’t seen flooding of this magnitude since 1974.
“There’s about a foot of water in the garage,” Szyngiel said.
“We’ve never had water in the garage before.”
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