Section of Montreal’s Gouin Boulevard closed to traffic for flood preparations

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Montreal boroughs preparing for spring floods – Apr 7, 2020

A section of Gouin Boulevard in Montreal’s Pierrefonds neighbourhood has been closed to traffic as the borough prepares for rising floodwaters.

Work crews were out Wednesday morning laying pipes for an industrial water pump system.

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Pumps will be placed on the waterfront street, which is prone to flooding, to help control the rising river water.

The pipes will be permanently installed underground, according to the borough, to help reduce the water overflow issue.

Gouin Boulevard between René-Émard Street and St-Jean Boulevard will be closed indefinitely, according to the borough.

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Since mid-March, the Montreal borough has been preparing for rising waters, Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough Mayor Jim Beis said.

Industrial water pumps have reportedly been installed throughout the borough in flood-prone areas.

Beis says the borough is now monitoring the water levels of Rivière-des-Prairies on a daily basis.

The street will only be open to local traffic.

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