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Quebec floods: New questions raised about Pierrefonds West development

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WATCH ABOVE: The heavily scrutinized l’Anse-à-l’Orme development project in Pierrefonds-Roxboro has raised more questions after flooding to nearby areas. Global’s Billy Shields reports – May 16, 2017

The Quebec floods forced the cancellation of early May consultations for the Pierrefonds West residential development.

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Now that the meetings have resumed, environmentalists are demanding officials obtain and use updated flood maps to consider the development’s merits.

Flooding closed the entire length of l’Anse-à-l’Orme Road in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, in Montreal’s West Island.

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“We asked for a delay [Monday] in the consultation process, to allow time for the new documents that should be submitted,” said Sue Stacho, who added officials aren’t using up-to-date maps.
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“We obviously experienced a really crazy flood and that has to be considered in any future planning of the area.”

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Flooding sent gushing water to neighbourhoods previously untouched, but developers insist the project isn’t on a flood plain.

Environmentalists have opposed the project for years, worrying it could have an impact on one of the island’s largest green spaces, l’Anse-à-l’Orme Park.

“If those sponge-like water absorbing fields are replaced by asphalt roads and houses, where will that water go?” asked Alison Hackney, who lives in Senneville.

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The next public consultation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday on 1550 Metcalfe St.

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