Close to 225 volunteers responded to the call for the Solidarity blitz on June 1 and 2. The solidarity blitz took place where the water had receded. Some properties had a huge amount of bags. Volunteers and close to two hundred municipal employees collected ten of thousands of bags. We managed to collect all of the bags in several streets.
In addition to the blitz, there were several private and neighbourhood outreach initiatives. Many flood victims had already placed their bags along the road for easy pick-up over the weekend. In the end, thanks to everyone's efforts, thousands of additional sandbags were cleared away.
Last week, public works crews, with the help of the military, removed the sandbag dikes protecting our municipal infrastructures, which helped clear away thousands of sandbags.
Flood victims who still have bags on their properties can leave them along their property lines by the street up until Friday evening, June 7. They will be picked up by Service des travaux publics crews and taken away in trucks. A bag collection blitz is being organized for June 8 and 9.
Construction and demolition residues must be kept separate from sandbags and household garbage.
Also, some 30 containers has been provided throughout the flooded areas for residents to dispose of their construction materials. Their exact locations are indicated on the map at gatineau.ca/flood. A special collection for bulky items and construction debris is being organized for June 4 to 13. To find out when yours will be collected, go to gatineau.ca/dtritus.
Reminder : Be sure not to use soiled sandbags in children's sandboxes or for gardening.
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.