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Spring flood: Sandbags and loose sand are available, and Gatineau is requesting the cooperation of shoreline residents
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Ville de Gatineau
News release
Spring flood: Sandbags and loose sand are available, and Gatineau is requesting the cooperation of shoreline residents

Gatineau, April 17, 2019. – This morning, Ville de Gatineau started delivering sandbags. The bags are currently available to shoreline residents at the seven stated locations. In addition, loose sand and empty bags will gradually be made available throughout the end of the day at each of the distribution sites.

Gatineau is asking shoreline residents to cooperate in regard to the use of the sandbags. We ask that they take them gradually in order to ensure that everyone gets some. That way, everyone will be able to start building up their dikes in preparation for the weekend.

Also, we ask that residents limit their use of sandbags to protecting their homes. They should not be used to protect gardens, flower beds and other things.

Gatineau has enough sandbags and sand for all shoreline residents at risk of being affected. Crews are working full out around the clock. The distribution sites will be continuously restocked with sandbags, loose sand and empty bags.

Quick facts

Sandbags and loose sand

Shoreline residents in the areas at greatest risk of being affected can pick up supplies at the following locations.

Aylmer sector:
- Parc Louis-Roy.

Gatineau sector:
- corner of Cartier and des Rapides;
- corner of Saint-Louis and Moreau;
- corner of Saint-Antoine and de la Baie;
- corner of Saint-André and Saint-Paul; and
- corner of Campeau and Hurtubise.

Masson-Angers sector:
- corner of du Fer-à-Cheval and du Quai.

Anyone picking up supplies will be required to show proof of residence.
For instructions on how to build a sandbag dike, watch the video at

Reminder – Neighbourhoods at risk of being affected

The neighbourhoods that are at greatest risk of being affected are indicated below. This does not mean that other neighbourhoods will not be affected. Municipal crews are keeping a watch throughout the territory.

Aylmer sector:
- chemin Queen's Park; and
- chemin Fraser.

Gatineau sector:
- rue Cartier;
- the area between René and Blais;
- rue Jacques-Cartier Est;
- the area between Riviera and Saint-Sauveur; and
- boulevard Hurtubise (mainly the eastern part).

Masson-Angers sector:
- chemin du Fer-à-Cheval.

Keep informed

Residents can check for the latest updates.
The latest reading on the level of the Gatineau river (rue Cartier) is now available on the Web site. The readings from all five stations within the Gatineau territory are now posted.
Shoreline residents are also invited to sign up for text message and email alerts at

Safety tips

As it does every spring, Gatineau is asking residents to be cautious along rivers and waterways.
Call 311 to report any disturbing situation. If the safety of persons or property is at risk, call 911.

Psychosocial support

Shoreline residents can call 811 at any time if they feel a need for psychosocial support.
Info-Social 811 is a free and confidential phone consultation service. It is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Associated links

Spring flood

Sign up for text message or email alerts

How to build a sandbag dike

Emergency kit


Animation: how to build a sandbag dike


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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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