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Borough mayors ask for concrete spring flood plans as City of Montreal holds meeting

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Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Jim Beis and Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Mayor Normand Marinacci are asking the City of Montreal to have concrete plans for possible 2020 spring floods.

At the 2019 floods report meeting held by the City of Montreal Monday evening, Beis told Global News he wants to see a clear plan established, including “standing orders” for pump distribution around the city.

The meeting, which was held in Montreal’s Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough, was to review the lessons learned from the 2019 spring floods and to hear from stakeholders.

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Beis said he also wants to see funding plans for the individual communities who will likely be faced with this potential crisis once again and can’t afford the costs of what is needed to properly deal with flooding.

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Annick Maletto, chief of the city’s centre for civil security, said at the meeting that the city is monitoring the water levels and evaluating the many factors by borough should there be more spring floods this year.

She added that the water levels are currently low and don’t present a threat.

Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Mayor Normand Marinacci said the city has a “timing problem,” adding that he would like plans to be established before it’s too late and an emergency is declared.

“We’re in March now. If we remember in 2019, we started our [flood] intervention on the ground on March 15,” Beis said.

The Pierrefonds-Roxboro mayor said that while the water levels may be at below normal levels, “within a week’s notice we can be in alert mode, and we haven’t done any planning.”

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