Ville de Gatineau
Update: victims continuing to be reintegrated
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Ville de Gatineau
News release
Update: victims continuing to be reintegrated

Gatineau, September 23, 2018, at 17:30 p.m. – Victims continue to be reintegrated in accordance with the established plan. The reintegration is being supervised by the Gatineau fire department. So far, out of 212 buildings evacuated, 153 have been returned to their owners.

In the past 48 hours, the affected perimeter has been considerably reduced. The number of homes within that perimeter is now 77.

Status report

Police patrols are continuing to monitor the affected area.
o boulevard Saint-Joseph is now open to traffic.
Clean-up of the public roads is continuing.
Trash containers have been placed at five intersections in the affected area for residents to leave tornado-related debris, including organic matter and construction materials.
o Deauville and Jumonville
o Georges-Bilodeau and Étienne-Brûlé
o Georges-Bilodeau and Jumonville
o Jumonville and Daniel-Johnson
o Jumonville and Tassé
As of 2:30 p.m. on September 23:
o close to 5,580 Hydro-Québec customers were still without power; every home in the affected area remains without power; for updates on the situation go to the Hydro-Québec Web site; and
o Gazifère had disconnected 40 meters.

Victims' centre and accommodations centre

In order to make it possible to resume activities at Cégep de l'Outaouais, the victim's centre has been relocated to the Centre communautaire Père-Arthur-Guertin, at 16 rue Bériault. The same health care services will be offered there.
Close to 800 people have registered at the victims' centre.
o 237 people received assistance with accommodations in the night of September 22 to 23.
Anybody who cannot reintegrate their home can get a free STO bus pass right there.
There will be meetings with the Insurance Bureau of Canada (for those residents who are insured) and the Red Cross (for those who are not insured) over the next two days. Details on the meetings will be shared shortly.
Residents who cannot reintegrated their homes in the medium or long-terms are being permanently relocated by different partner community organizations.
The services to victims are being overseen by the Red Cross.
Psychological support is also being offered to victims by the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSO).
The Salvation Army is on site to provide food to the victims.

Safety messages

People returning to their homes should be vigilant because there is still debris strewn about.
Gatineau asks victims who were evacuated not to return home until the authorities have given them the all clear.
Residents are asked to avoid driving by the affected areas unless necessary:
o due to safety concerns about possible obstacles (branches, electrical cables, debris, etc.) in the streets;
o to enable crews to work, secure and clean the streets; and
o out of respect for the victims.
After a tornado:
o be careful with any debris such as tarps, glass or other items that could cut or inure; and
o do not touch electrical cables on the ground or hanging because they may be live, but do contact Hydro-Québec.
Food conservation:
o in case of a power outage lasting more than eight hours, discard all perishables in your refrigerator (such as meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs and dairy products); and
o frozen food can be kept in the freezer for up to 48 hours if it is not opened. Discard any partially thawed food.

Donations and volunteers

Residents wishing to help victims will be able to drop off donations at the former Sears location on the ground floor of Galeries de Hull (320 boul. Saint-Joseph, Hull sector).
o Donations will be accepted during Galeries de Hull business hours. Only personal hygiene products and non-perishable foods will be accepted. Thank you for your generosity. We have more than enough donated clothing.
The drop-off site is coordinated by the Salvation Army, and food donations are managed by Moisson Outaouais. Please do not bring any donations to the victims' centre.
Residents wishing to help the victims may make a cash donation through the Red Cross at
Gatineau thanks all residents wishing to volunteer their help. At this point, it is too early to identify any specific requirements. We will reach out to residents as required.

Email and text message (SMS) alerts are the ideal way of receiving the latest information.

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

À propos de Gatineau

Reconnue pour sa qualité de vie, Gatineau est une ville de 292 000 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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