Ville de Gatineau
April 21, 2017 Status Report on Spring Flooding and Current Operations
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Ville de Gatineau
News release
April 21, 2017 Status Report on Spring Flooding and Current Operations

Gatineau, April 21, 2017. – The Thursday, April 20 weather forecast called for a 20 cm rise in water levels by Saturday. However, today's forecast has revised that projection downwards by 15 cm, that is to say to 5 cm. Gatineau is continuing to deploy all of its resources and to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of its residents.

Facts

An emergency measures coordination centre (CCMU) has been in operation 24/7 since Wednesday, April 19.
- Some 40 people a day have been stopping by the CCMU.
The police operations centre has also been running 24 hours a day.
Today alone, close to 200 municipal employees spent the day exclusively on flood operations:
- around 10 staff from the Service des loisirs, des sports et du développement des communautés and from the different service centres;
- around 60 Service de sécurité incendie employees;
- more than 10 police officers; and
- more than 100 Service des travaux publics employees.
Since April 19:
- close to 48,000 bags have been distributed to the different sites; and
- close to 51,000 bags were filled by our crews.
Text message alerts have been posted on the Web site.
- since yesterday, 287 people have signed up to receive updates; and
- more than 6,000 people have visited the Web page on the spring flooding.

On social media, over the last 3 days:
- more than 85,000 views of our tweets; and
- more than 131,000 people have been reached on Facebook.

Operations underway

Police and public works employees are continuing to check roads and pathways. Appropriate signs are posted as required.
Firefighters are checking homes close to where water is overflowing on pavements.
- They are recommending that the inhabitants move their things to the second floor and shut off the power, if necessary.
Sandbags are being filled and distributed.

Looking after displaced residents

Gatineau has opened a centre for displaced residents at the Jean-René-Monette community centre (89 rue Jean-René-Monette). Residents living between 925 and 1463 boulevard Hurtubise who indicated that they need to relocate should report to the centre.
So far, 3 residents have reported to the centre and have been looked after.
Gatineau is working in partnership with the Red Cross to look after displaced residents.
The Red Cross is ready to help as required:
- It will look after the most pressing needs of displaced residents (accommodations, food, clothing, basic expenses and psychosocial support).

Information session on financial assistance from the government for people and businesses affected by the flooding

Information session on financial assistance from the government for people and businesses affected by the flooding
An information session on the financial assistance offered is being organized for Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the centre sportif de Gatineau. Further details will be provided.

Reminder: the Web site is kept up to date, and is the best source of information for residents.


Associated links

Web site

News release of April 19, 2017 – Gatineau's update on the spring thaw and steps being taken (in French only)

News release of April 20, 2017 – Update on the spring thaw and steps being taken

News release of April 21, 2017 – Spring flooding: Gatineau opens a centre for displaced residents


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Map of sites under surveillance
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Service des communications
Ville de Gatineau
Source
Jean Boileau, ARP, FSCRP
Director,
Service des communications
Ville de Gatineau
819-595-7171
boileau.jean@gatineau.ca
@JeanBoileau

À propos de Gatineau

Reconnue pour sa qualité de vie, Gatineau est une ville de 285 000 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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