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Spring flooding: Invitation to the media and status report of may 7, 2017
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Ville de Gatineau
News release
Spring flooding: Invitation to the media and status report of may 7, 2017

Gatineau, May 7, 2017. – The mayor will be welcoming military force members who will be deployed in Gatineau this morning, at Gatineau's mobile command post, located on the corner of Versailles and Watt streets, in the Gatineau sector. The media are invited to take advantage of a photo opportunity at 8:45 a.m.

Ville de Gatineau is continuing to watch rivers and to take actions on the ground due to the floods.

Status report

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, 117 mm of rain has fallen in the area since May 1, including 16 mm on the day of Saturday May 6.
Only 1 to 3 mm of rain is expected in Gatineau on the day of Sunday.
Water levels could continue to rise in the coming hours and days.
From Saturday May 6 to Sunday May 7, we observed rises in water levels:
- At the Aylmer marina: 18 cm rise
- At the Kitchissipi marina in the Gatineau sector: 25 cm rise
- At the Bourbonnais ferry ramp in the Masson-Angers sector: 18 cm rise


Main new traffic statuses

Local traffic:
- Rue Principale, between the Aylmer marina and Front Street
- A segment of Lapointe Street
- Sanscartier from Plouffe to Notre-Dame
Closed to traffic:
- Highway 50 westbound, between Montcalm Street and the Lac Leamy. detour via Maisonneuve Boulevard.
- Notre-Dame between Léger Street and Du Lac Road.
- A segment of Fraser Street
- A segment of Lapointe Street
Reminder: Before heading out, residents should consult the map of flooded streets on the municipal website.
Gatineau is adding parking spaces at various locations for the affected residents:
- Aréna Paul-et-Isabelle-Duchesnay (92 Du Patrimoine Street)
- Aréna Beaudry (23 Saint-Alexandre Street)
- Centre sportif Robert-Rochon (97 De L'Aréna Street)
- Le Baron community centre (104 Du Barry Street)
Gatineau has acquired two Argos, amphibious all-terrain vehicles, to patrol the flooded streets.

Reminder: Volunteers

Residents wishing to help fill sandbags should go to Aréna Campeau (165 Des Sables Street) today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- It is recommended to bring a shovel and gloves.
- It is not necessary to register with 311 to take part in this chore.

Statistics and quick facts
Preventive and voluntary evacuations

Number of homes visited by firefighters (since May 1): 3,069
- It should be noted that firefighters are visiting homes more than once in the majority of cases (up to 6 visits).
Number of homes evacuated by Service de sécurité incendie: 390
Persons evacuated on a voluntary basis by Service de sécurité incendie: 689
Persons being looked after by the Red Cross: 530
- Jean-René-Monette: 460
- Masson-Angers: 70
- Number of pets evacuated (registered/looked after): 142
Homes where gas has been shut off: 232
Homes where power has been shut off: More than 200


Number of bags distributed since May 1: close to 183,000
Number of sandbags distributed since April 18: more than 257,000
Gatineau has acquired a bag-filling machine, which allows it to fill 4 sandbags at a time, for a total of 1,600 bags per hour.


On the day of May 6 (Saturday), 2000 volunteers came to Aréna Campeau. More than 25,000 sandbags were filled by these volunteers.

Non-emergency call centre (311)

6778 calls from May 1 to May 6 at midnight
34 calls on May 7 since midnight

Non-emergency call centre (311)

6778 calls from May 1 to May 6 at midnight
34 calls on May 7 since midnight

Sewer back-ups

Number of sewer back-ups confirmed from May 1 to May 7 (4:30 a.m.): 15


Statistics for this news release were last updated at 5 a.m. on Sunday May 7, 2017. These are the latest statistics available.

Associated links

Webpage on spring flooding

Map of flooded streets and sandbag distribution sites

Webpage on floods

Webpage on sewer back-ups

Fact sheet on sewer back-ups during a flood


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Ville de Gatineau
Jean Boileau, ARP, FSCRP
Service des communications
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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