Spring flood: rising water levels complicating traffic in shoreline areas
Gatineau, April 24, 2019.
– Rainfall over the past few hours has caused water levels to rise faster than over the past few days.
More water on the roads has prompted road closures, which are complicating traffic in shoreline areas. Since last night, the eastbound autoroute 50 access and exit ramps at rue Saint-Louis have been closed.
Several roads in the Pointe-Gatineau district are now closed to traffic, as well as some road sections in the Lac-Beauchamp district (Riviera and Hurtubise). In addition, ten or so streets across Gatineau are only open to local traffic.
|●||13 mm of rain fell last night, and 1 to 3 mm more are expected today.|
|●||Gatineau is continuing to keep a close eye on the situation. All hands are on deck, supported by 15 or so Canadian Armed Forces personnel.|
|●||Gatineau asks residents to remain vigilant, and encourages them to take the necessary measures to ensure their safety and protect their homes.|
Changes to the garbage collection schedule
|●||There will be no garbage collection today on boulevard Hurtubise due to the water accumulation.|
|●||Two compost bins and a container for household garbage are being provided for residents in each of the following four locations: |
- corner of rue Sabourin and boulevard Hurtubise (west);
- corner of rue de Versailles and boulevard Hurtubise (west);
- corner of rue Campeau and boulevard Hurtubise; and
- close to 840 boulevard Hurtubise (west).
|●||These are reserved exclusively for the residents of boulevard Hurtubise. They can leave their household garbage and compost there. Please note that the containers are only for household garbage.|
|●||The bins will be available until 4 p.m. today.|
|●||A special collection will be organized later for flood victims' oversized items.|
|●||The other areas affected by water are being assessed. For the time being, the regular collection schedule stands. Residents are asked to leave their bins as close as possible to the street without touching the water.|
Number of residents registered as flood victims
|●||To date, 306 people (139 households) have registered with Gatineau, including 255 adults and 51 children.|
|●||Among these, 84 people (36 households) are being looked after by the Red Cross and put up in a hotel.|
|●||Flood victims who evacuate their homes must register with municipal officials: |
- by going to the victims assistance centre at the centre communautaire Jean-René-Monette (89 rue Jean-René-Monette); OR
- by calling 311, option 6.
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