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Floods: the legal aspects.pdf

Posted June 1st 2017


 

Lifting of the Notice of
mandatory evacuation
May 17, 2017

Following an inspection of roads that were affected by flooding, the Municipality of Pontiac has revised the status of the last roads under a notice of evacuation.

The following have been deemed partially passable.  Residents may use them with caution and must respect the barricades that have been repositioned according to each situation.  Residents may reach their homes, when possible, and take the appropriate restoration measures.

  • Dion
  • Stanley
  • Bord-de-l'eau

 Posted May 17, 2017


 

Partial lifting of the Notice of mandatory evacuation,
May 15, 2017

Following an inspection of roads that were affected by flooding, the Municipality of Pontiac has revised the status of certain roads as well as the scope of its notice of evacuation.

 

Roads that are deemed passable, with limitations

The following have been deemed partially passable.  Residents may use them with caution and must respect the barricades that have been repositioned according to each situation.  Residents may reach their homes, when possible, and take the appropriate restoration measures.

  • Allen
  • Anne
  • Bélisle
  • Bergeron
  • Breckenridge
  • De la Baie, secteur riverain
  • des Plages
  • Diamants
  • du Lac
  • Émeraudes
  • Goélands
  • Grues
  • John
  • Mallards
  • Mésanges
  • Outardes
  • Phare
  • Pointe indienne
  • Rubis
  • Ruisseau
  • Saphir
  • Sapinière
  • Topaze
  • Tourterelles
  • Trappeurs
  • Vacanciers
  • Vieille pompe
  • Voilier


Roads closed

The following roads are deemed unsafe for motor vehicle traffic.  We ask that residents avoid using them.  The residents on the following roads cannot return to their homes:

  • Dion
  • Stanley
  • Bord-de-l’eau

 

Restoring hydro-Instructions

Certain residences were disconnected from the Hydro-Québec network as a preventive measure.  The following are instructions given by Hydro-Québec to proceed with restoring the Hydro power :

If the power was disconnected by Hydro-Québec, only a master electrician can ask Hydro-Québec to restore it.  If your home was not flooded, Hydro-Québec will conduct a verification on-site before restoring the power. Please use the telephone line that has been dedicated for requesting this action :  1-888-385-7252, option 1.

If the power was not disconnected, but water has infiltrated your home, consult a master electrician before restoring the power.  He will inform you of the state of your installation and will carry out the necessary work to restore it, ensuring its good condition.

Please note that fees for hiring a master electrician for the inspection of your electrical installations could be covered under the Ministry of Public Security’s Compensation Program.

 


 

Notice of mandatory evacuation- Maintained May 8, 2017

Due to the real and present danger with the worst flooding in the past 100 years, the municipal authorities are maintaining the notice of mandatory evacuation.

MRC des Collines’ police officers, Canadian Armed Forces and Sauvetage Bénévole Outauais – Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue, will patrol the affected areas to control access and ensure security.

Residents of the following roads must immediately evacuate their residence. Police will be posted at the entrance of affected areas to control access. Firefighters will be on site at 4 pm to facilitate the evacuation of vulnerable residents.

The following areas are under a Notice of mandatory evacuation:

Plages (Access by
Pères-Dominicains)

Bord-de-l’eau
Vieille pompe
Vacanciers
Voiliers
Phare
Allen
Sapinière
du Lac
des Plages

Plage Baie Noire

Mésanges
Tourterelles
Goélands
Grues
Mallards
Outardes
De la Baie, secteur riverain

 

Quyon

Anne
John South of St-Patrick
Pointe-indienne

Plage Charron

Rubis
Émeraudes
Diamants
Saphir
Topaze
Ruisseau

Plage Carcajou

Trappeurs
Dion
Stanley

Breckenridge

 

When leaving, turn off the electricity and make sure you register at the Community Center (2024 route 148). Leave us the coordinates of where you will be staying so that the municipal authorities can keep you up-to-date (819-455-2401).

The Red Cross will be posted at the Luskville Library at 2024 Highway 148 from 9am to 10 pm.

Victims can receive support, notably potable water is available as well as lodging at the Hotel, food, etc. Please note that we have reached an agreement with the Red Cross: any cost for your total accommodations will be paid by the Quebec Government… You will have nothing to pay.

People who have pets or horses, we have some options available to help you.

You can contact the following numbers at any time:

  • Mr. Richard Groulx 819-230-0258 (evacuation, accommodation)
  • Ms Meghan Lewis 819-455-2401 ext. 122 (accommodation)

 

Roger Larose,
Mayor, Municipality of Pontiac


 




Well water in flood conditions


In the event of a flood, individual well owners must take special precautions because such events pose significant risks to the quality of groundwater; it can be contaminated by both river water and nearby septic systems. The Ministry of the Environment recommends the following measures to those affected :

  • During flooding: the water from any well in a flooded area must be considered as unsafe. The affected people should be supplied with drinking water from an alternative source (eg water from a distribution system or bottled water), or  well water intended for ingestion or the preparation of uncooked foods must be boiled for one minute.

  • After the flood: once the flood waters have permanently receded, the owner should first check the integrity of the well's equipment, in particular the electrical circuit. He should then wait a minimum of 10 days before disinfecting the well, and ensure that the results of the two sets of analysis recommended thereafter are consistent before consuming the water.

More details: http://www.mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca/Eau/potable/depliant/index.htm#qualite-inondation

 


 

 

Notice of mandatory evacuation-May 6 2017

Due to the real and present dangers with the worst flooding in the past 100 years, the municipal authorities decree the following according to the declaration of the local state of emergency.
 
Residents of the following roads must immediately evacuate their residence. Police will be posted at the entrance of affected areas to control access. Firefighters will be on site at 4 pm to facilitate the evacuation of vulnerable residents.

 

Plages (Access by Père-Dominicains)

Bord-de-l’eau

Vieille pompe

Vacanciers

Voilier

Phare

Allen

Sapinière

du Lac

des Plages

 

Plage Baie Noire

Mésanges

Tourterelles

Goélands

Grues

Mallards

Outardes

De la Baie, secteur riverain

 

Quyon

Anne

John South of St-Patrick

Pointe-à-l’-indienne

 

Plage Charron

Rubis

Émeraude

Diamant

Saphir

Topaze

Ruisseau

 

Plage Carcajou

Trappeurs

Dion

Stanley

 

Breckenridge

When leaving, turn off electricity and make sure to register at the Community Center (2024 route 148). Leave us the coordinates of where you will be staying so that the municipal authorities can keep you up-to-date (819-455-2401).

The Red Cross will be posted at the Luskville Library at 2024 Highway 148 from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday

 

Victims can receive support, notably potable water is available as well as lodging at the Hotel, food, etc. Please note that we have reached an agreement with the Red Cross: any cost for your total accommodations will be paid by the Quebec Government… You will have nothing to pay.

 

People who have pets or horses, we have some options available to help you.

 

You can contact the following numbers at any time:

  • Mr. Richard Groulx 819-230-0258 (evacuation, accommodation)

  • Mr. Roger Larose 819-923-8720

  • Crystal Deschambault 819-455-2401 ext. 122 (accommodation)



Municipality of Pontiac
Status report – 11am on May 5th

Forecasted water level

According to the forecasts of the Regulation Planning Board, the Ottawa River water level should rise another 22cm (9 inches) from now until Sunday, May 7th.  Much of this is expected to occur on Saturday.

If this forecast becomes a reality (60.32m), this means that the river’s water level (at Britannia) will have reached its second highest level in 100 years.

It is important to know that this year’s Spring thaw has been exceptional, and that we must act accordingly: evacuate as soon as possible when firefighters ask you to leave.

Emergency measures

  • The Mayor, Mr. Larose has renewed the local state of emergency for the next 5 days, in order to facilitate the control over access to roads and to requisition the appropriate methods of support needed.

Evacuation 

  • The municipality is encouraging residents of the affected areas to think of their own health and safety.  Several properties cannot be protected from the rising water or, it is already too late to do so.
  • Furthermore, once the water level has reached a critical point, the municipality must switch off the power when necessary, in order to prevent risks of electrocution and fire.  Some instructions are offered for your health and safety:   What to do during a flood – Quebec Public Health advice
  • The municipality is asking residents who are affected, to evacuate before the weekend, because with the foreseen rise in water levels, it will be very difficult for emergency response services (police, firefighters, ambulance) to reach certain residences, including for helping with evacuations.
  • Firefighters will be visiting areas affected by the end of the afternoon; the municipality encourages you to take advantage of their help if they ask you to leave.
  • If you leave by your own means, PLEASE shut off the main electrical breaker in your house, if it is possible for you to do so safely.  For more information on the subject:  What to do during a flood – Hydro Québec

Help to disaster victims

  • The Red Cross will be posted at the Luskville Community Centre at 2024 Highway 148:
    • from 3pm to 10m on Friday
    • from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • Victims can receive support, notably where potable water is available as well as lodging at the Hotel, food, etc.  Please note that we have reached an agreement with the Red Cross:  any cost for your total accommodations will be paid by the Quebec Government… You will have nothing to pay.
  • People who have pets or horses, we have some options available to help you.
  • People who are in need of accommodations may contact Mrs. Meghan Lewis or Crystal Deschambault:  819-455-2401 ext. 122 or ext. 133.
  • People who need help evacuating their homes may contact Mr. Richard Groulx of the Pontiac Fire Department 819-230-0258.

Those who need temporary accommodations may also contact Mrs. Meghan Lewis at 819-455-2401 ext. 122.

Those who need help for evacuating their homes may contact Mr. Richard Groulx of the Fire Department at 819-230-0258.

Updates

To monitor the situation, check the municipality’s Facebook page and Website.



Status report – 11am on May 4th

Forecasted water level

According to the forecasts available to us, the Ottawa River water level should rise another 17cm (7 inches) from now until Sunday, May 7th.  This rise should begin as a result of the rainfall foreseen on Friday.


Securing residences

It is strongly suggested that, those who can secure their property, take advantage of the lull on Thursday and Friday to do so.  Sand and sandbags have been placed close to the affected areas, and are also available at the Town Hall (2024 Highway 148).  Municipal employees are currently busy filling bags for citizens to use.


Evacuation

The municipality is encouraging residents of the affected areas to evacuate before the weekend, because with the foreseen rise of the water level it will be very difficult for emergency response services (police, firefighters, ambulance) to reach certain residences, including for helping with evacuations.


Emergency measures – electrical supply

Furthermore, when water levels reach a critical point, the municipality must switch off the power when necessary, in order to prevent risks of electrocution and fire.


Help to disaster victims

The Red Cross will be posted at the Luskville Community Centre at 2024 Highway 148:

-   from 3pm to 10m on Thursday and Friday

-   from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday

Victims can receive support, notably where potable water is available as well as lodging, food, etc.

Those who need temporary accommodations may also contact Mrs. Meghan Lewis at 819-455-2401 ext. 122.

Those who need help for evacuating their homes may contact Mr. Richard Groulx of the Fire Department at 819-230-0258.


Updates

To monitor the situation, check the municipality’s Facebook page and Website.

 

WHAT TO DO DURING A FLOOD?:  Hydro-Quebec Advice

WHAT TO DO DURING A FLOOD?:  Quebec Public Health Advice

 

 


 

Status report at 11 am – May 3

  1. We have had 28 homes disconnect their Hydro yesterday on Bord-de-l’eau, Dion and Saphir Roads, since the water level has reached their doorsteps;
  2. For the moment, there are no forced evacuations;
  3. All areas along water courses are under surveillance;
  4. At this time, we expect that the water level will have reached a maximum on Sunday or Monday;
  5. The Red Cross help center will be open at the Luskville Community Centre, 2024 Highway 148 from 3pm until 10pm;
  6. The fire department will patrol affected areas this afternoon to encourage residents to evacuate the affected areas. Some residents may have their Hydro cut off if the water reaches a critical level (door threshold);
  7. Persons requiring temporary accommodation may contact Ms. Meghan Lewis 819-455-2401 ext. 122 or Richard Groulx 819-230-0258;
  8. Persons who require assistance to be evacuated from their homes may contact Mr. Richard Groulx 819-230-0258 of the Fire Department;
  9. CISSSO is working with the Municipality and is ready to offer psychosocial support to the victims;
  10. To monitor the situation, check the municipality’s Facebook page and Website.

 

Status report at 11 am – May 2

  • The Municipality of Pontiac is carefully monitoring changes in river levels. The maximum threshold reached in mid-April (59.93m) was significantly exceeded (59.98m) and continues to climb. The Ottawa River Outreach Planning Commission is forecasting that the level will reach 60.05m by Wednesday. Http://rivieredesoutaouais.ca/previsions.php.
  • The Municipal Civil Protection Organization is meeting twice a day to  report on the progress of the situation.
  • Blue-collar workers continue to secure strategic roads. The volume of water we receive could damage the non-visible structure of our roads.
  • Road conditions at 10:30 am ( May 2):


Closed

• du Ruisseau
• Dion
• Stanley
• Bord-de-l’eau
• Av. Des Plages and chemin du Lac
• Smith
• Pointe-Indienne



Avoid if possible: hardly passable
• Bradley
• Gold Mine
• Sapinière accessible to the avenue des Plages
• Ferry (near the river)

  • The fire department will patrol affected sectors (beach areas) this afternoon to encourage residents to evacuate the affected areas. Some residents may be cut off if the water reaches a critical level (door threshold).
  • The Red Cross will open a help center at the Luskville Community Center (2024 highway 148), tonight from 3pm to 10pm.
  • Persons requiring temporary accommodation may contact Ms. Meghan Lewis 819-455-2401 ext. 122 or Richard Groulx 819-230-0258.
  • Persons who require assistance to be evacuated from their homes may contact Mr. Richard Groulx 819-230-0258 of the Fire Department.
  • CISSSO is working with the Municipality and is ready to offer psychosocial support to the victims.
  • To monitor the situation, check the municipality’s Facebook page and Website.

Update May 2, 2017


 

With the return of the mild weather, the threat of a flood is real in certain areas of the municipality. As a preventive measure, the Council has put in place a plan to support citizens in various situations.

 

Update May 1st 2017

Flooding: emergency measures

The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board predicts that by Wednesday the river will exceed the level reached in mid-April.

Citizens who may be in need can also contact the following numbers:

• Mr. Richard Groulx 819-230-0258 (evacuation, accommodation)
• Mr. Roger Larose 819-923-8720

As more rain is in the forecast and the maximum level of the river is expected to be reached mid-week, we urge citizens to take the necessary preventive measures, similar to those implemented two weeks ago.


Impassable roads
As usual, the Public Works Department will be on hand to stabilize the problematic roads. Note that the complete restoration of some roads could take several days because it is often necessary to let them dry before rebuilding. In case of an urgent situation for public works after hours, please contact the Head of Public Works Division at 819-664-1446.

Sandbags
Citizens who would like to have sandbags can get them free of charge at the Town Hall, even during the weekend. Simply call 819-923-8720 to make an appointment. We will tell you where to get the sand to fill the bags. Sand and bags were ordered in anticipation of flood waters.

Well water in flood conditions
In the event of a flood, individual well owners must take special precautions because such events pose significant risks to the quality of groundwater; it can be contaminated by both river water and nearby septic systems. The Ministry of the Environment recommends the following measures to those affected :

  • During flooding: the water from any well in a flooded area must be considered as unsafe. The affected people should be supplied with drinking water from an alternative source (eg water from a distribution system or bottled water), or  well water intended for ingestion or the preparation of uncooked foods must be boiled for one minute.

  • After the flood: once the flood waters have permanently receded, the owner should first check the integrity of the well's equipment, in particular the electrical circuit. He should then wait a minimum of 10 days before disinfecting the well, and ensure that the results of the two sets of analysis recommended thereafter are consistent before consuming the water.

More details: http://www.mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca/Eau/potable/depliant/index.htm#qualite-inondation