Vaudreuil-Dorion workers secure roads, homes amid ‘big waves’ on Chemin de l’Anse

WATCH: Vaudreuil-Dorion remains on high alert as the water from the Lake of Two Mountains continues to threaten homes and streets. And while water levels are starting to recede, city officials are encouraging people to keep their sandbags in place for at least another week.

Waves crashing along the shore of the Lake of Two Mountains forced the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion to deploy workers to Chemin de l’Anse in order to secure the road and homes nearby.

On Wednesday night, winds blowing at 60 km/h generated waves at the lake’s edge, pushing the water dangerously close to the road.

“It was big waves,” said nearby resident Paul Castonguay. “Some waves were up to three, four feet high.”

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For the past two days, workers have been dumping rocks along the shoreline on Chemin de l’Anse.

“I found they’re doing a good job,” Castonguay said of the city.

The work is happening throughout Vaudreuil-Dorion.

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Officials say they’ve installed over one kilometre of dikes, using cement jerseys to keep water out of people’s homes.

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According to the city, so far there are reports of minor flooding in 37 homes, compared to 50 homes in 2017.

“We were worried, but I think we’re more prepared than in 2017,” Olivier Van Neste, Vaudreuil-Dorion’s director of planning, told Global News.

“We have a lot of information. We have a technician that works with a map. He was able to ‘modelize’ the flooding so we knew in advance where the water would go.”

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Terrasse-Vaudreuil residents brace for rising floodwaters
Terrasse-Vaudreuil residents brace for rising floodwaters

Although water levels are receding, officials say they remain on high alert.

Meanwhile, they’re asking residents to follow suit and keep their sandbags in place for at least one more week.