30 homes evacuated after flooding in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Île Bizard

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WATCH: Rising water levels in the Rivière des Prairies have caused flooding in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, forcing several homes to be evacuated in the Montreal borough. Global's Sarah Volstad reports – May 3, 2017

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.

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Al Burr, who lives on de Gaulle Street, said it’s the worst flooding in over 30 years.

WATCH: Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Jim Beis addresses flooding issues

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Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Jim Beis addresses flooding issues – May 4, 2017

“I’ve never seen it like this,” he told Global News.

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“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.

“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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