April 4, 2018 7:23 pm
Updated: April 5, 2018 9:32 am

Île-Bizard flood prevention meeting doesn’t come off as planned

Many owners of riverside homes on Ile-Bizard are waiting for more information about compensation.

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A flood prevention information session announced by the borough of Ile-Bizard didn’t occur as scheduled, apparently due to a misunderstanding between the borough and the fire department.

“We come here and there’s nothing,” said resident William Groulx.

“Nobody knows anything.”

“Our understanding was that they were supposed to meet with citizens and give them some information and documentation to prepare for the eventually of a flood,” said Normand Marinacci, the borough’s mayor.

Although there were firefighters at the announced conference room in a borough community centre, they were apparently unaware of the information session slated to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“It seems we had a slight misunderstanding on the location,” said Jean-François Larente, a fire department spokesperson.

Firefighters were going door-t0-door in areas like Île-Mercier and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to distribute flood prevention information.

But the information session was billed as taking place at the community centre, which could be the source of the mix-up.

Many residents voiced their frustration to Global News.

“There’s a lack of communication,” said Ali Shakeri, who owns a triplex in Ile-Bizard.

“And that was one of the biggest issues during the flood — a lack of co-ordination.”

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