Report highlights plans to avoid repeat flooding in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac

In this Aug. 2019 file photo, a demolition crew removes the remains of a mobile home in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac following spring flooding. A new study highlights prevention measures to avoid repeat flooding. Friday, May 1, 2020. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

A report into a major flood in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que., a year ago is highlighting several problems including a lack of awareness among the population about the associated risks.

The report, prepared by experts at the Universite de Montreal, notes that many residents weren’t aware they were living in a flood zone or the possible dangers of living near a dike.

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Among other findings, researchers found many children’s bedrooms in the basements of homes in the city northwest of Montreal.

The flooding in Saite-Marthe-sur-le-Lac occurred the evening of April 27, 2019, when a dike gave way during a period of exceptional spring flooding.

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A section of the city was quickly submerged and a third of the town’s population had to evacuate their homes, but there were no deaths.

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The report’s recommendations for municipalities include having a co-ordination centre in place, as well as a quick way of getting information to residents and an accounting of those citizens most vulnerable in a disaster.

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