Quebec floods: New measures put in place to help flood victims
The aftermath of the spring floods in Quebec continues as the provincial government announced new measures Tuesday in the hopes of helping victims.
The government promised meetings between flood victims and representatives from municipal and provincial governments.
Residents will be able to ask questions about compensation claims.
In addition, a partner committee involving public security minister Martin Coiteux, the municipal affairs and land occupancy ministry and municipalities that have at least 100 claims will hold regular meetings.
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According to the provincial government, the meetings will serve as a place to share information and discuss problems in order to have quicker response times.
“We can’t wait for the post mortem review. We need to act now,” Coiteux said.
“The [response] model was not botched [but] it was not fast enough. It wasn’t wrong, it just needs to be improved.”
Experts from the ministry are expected to work with affected municipalities to ease the process.
Coiteux also promised new agreements for temporary housing with community organizations to help flood victims staying in hotels.
In total, the spring floods touched 286 municipalities in 15 regions across Quebec.
More than 4,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes.
On Sunday, dozens of flood victims from the province gathered in Kirkland, in Montreal’s West Island, in the hopes of showing the Quebec government what they are going through.
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