Pierrefonds officials handing out flood prevention flyers ahead of warming weather
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Jim Beis is making the rounds in his borough this week, handing out flyers to riverside residents who could be affected by future flooding.
“It’s causing a little uneasiness in the community knowing we’re approaching potential flood season,” he said on Wednesday.
Mike Alain, a resident, says he is worried that this year could be even worse than 2017 when historic flooding wreaked havoc on areas close to the Rivière des Prairie and Lac St-Louis.
“I am concerned that the water levels are going to be higher,” he said of the river just outside his house. “It’s been higher all winter.”
Alain pointed to two neighbouring lots by his home. He said workers tore down house on one two months ago and the other is slated for demolition in the future.
Pierrefonds-Roxboro officials are handing out flyers that include tips such as keeping a 72-hour emergency kit including food, clothes and other necessities, a charged cell phone and an emergency contact list.
The borough says it is also closely monitoring changes in the water levels of the Rivière des Prairies.