Ville de Gatineau
Spring flooding: update May 4, 2017 at 4 p.m.
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Ville de Gatineau
News release
Spring flooding: update May 4, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Gatineau, May 4, 2017. – Ministère de la Sécurité publique has confirmed an agreement with the Red Cross concerning the care of flood victims.

The Red Cross will continue to provide essential services to flood victims, including housing, food, clothing and living expenses. The costs related to these services will be fully covered by the Ministère, throughout the evacuation.

In addition, psychosocial support is still being offered by CISSSO, in cooperation with the Red Cross.

Status report

The water levels have remained relatively stable today.
Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting another depression tonight. More than 50 mm of rain is expected in Gatineau by Sunday.

Various tips

Reminder: avoid the flooded areas whenever possible, whether by car or even by boat.
Should you need to venture out to these areas, please proceed very slowly. This is paramount in order to limit the production of waves and to ensure the safety of people.
It is important to respect the temporary signage and barricades in place.
Gatineau is closing streets as a safety measure, including in the following cases:
-obstacles are underwater and pose a risk (debris, electric wires or other);
-ditches are full of water and no longer visible;
-the pavement is deteriorating;
-vehicular traffic is becoming too difficult;
-the weight of vehicles is making the pavement unstable.
To find out about the latest updates on street closures, consult the map on
Gatineau would like to remind the owners of artesian wells to take the necessary measures to maintain the quality of their water.


Residents who wish to offer their services as volunteers are invited to dial 311.
The main task at hand is to fill sandbags. It is recommended to bring a shovel.


Preventive and voluntary evacuations

Persons evacuated on a voluntary basis: 240
Number of homes evacuated: 143
Persons being looked after by the Red Cross: 176
Homes where gas has been shut off: 128
Homes where power has been shut off: 7
Number of homes visited by firefighters (since May 1): more than 500


Number of bags distributed since May 1: 66,000
Number of sandbags distributed since April 18: 141,000
-Number of filled bags: 5,600
-Number of empty bags ready to be filled: 23,000

Information to residents

People registered for text alerts: close to 750
Visits to the flooding webpage: more than 22,000 visits (since May 1)


Statistics for this news release were last updated at 2:45 p.m. on May 4, 2017. These are the latest statistics available.

Associated link

Flooding webpage


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Jean Boileau, ARP, FSCRP
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Ville de Gatineau

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Reconnue pour sa qualité de vie, Gatineau est une ville de 290 000 habitants. Elle est située sur la rive nord de la rivière des Outaouais, et s'étend à l'est et à l'ouest de la rivière Gatineau.

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