Flood update: rising water levels complicating movement in shoreline areas
Gatineau, May 3, 2023.
– In addition to its increasing coverage of pavements, water is leading to road closures, which is complicating movement in shoreline areas. Since yesterday, eastbound access to and exit from autoroute 50 is closed at rue Saint-Louis.
Several streets in the Pointe-Gatineau district are now closed to traffic. In addition, several streets throughout the territory are open to local traffic only. Go to gatineau.ca/crue
to consult the regularly updated interactive map showing all the road closures related to the spring freshet. Additional closures are expected tonight.
|●||Given the elevated water levels, vehicles should be removed from the following streets before nightfall to avoid damage to them. Automobile access into and out of those areas will be blocked after that:|
- Adélard, Oscar, Blais, René, Saint-Louis between Blais and Rodolphe, Saint-François-Xavier between René and Blais, Ernest-Charron, and Corriveau.
- The parc La Baie parking lot will be at the disposal of residents until those streets are once again accessible and reopened by Gatineau.
- Firefighters will be going door-to-door starting this afternoon to notify residents.
|●||On certain streets, our crews have already started using adapted vehicles along flooded roadways to ensure everyone's safety.|
|●||The parking lots of Sainte-Trinité church, parc Jack-Eyamie, the boat launch on chemin du Quai and parc La Baie are available to shoreline property owners who cannot park on their driveway or their street.|
Residual materials collection
|●||Gatineau is asking residents whose residual materials collection is delayed to be patient. The trucks have to manoeuvre along flooded streets as well as dry ones, which is slowing them down.|
Number of residents registered as flood victims
|●||To date, approximately 330 people (adults and children) have registered with Gatineau.|
|●||Of those, 46 people (20 households) are in the care of the Red Cross and are being housed in hotels.|
|●||Anyone who evacuates their home must register with Gatineau in person at the relief centre for flood victims, located at the Jean-René-Monette community centre (89 rue Jean-René-Monette). |
|●||Anyone wishing to remain in their home can report to Gatineau by calling 311.|
At a glance
|●||Approximately 6 to 17 mm of rain fell last night, and another 9.2 mm is expected today. Water levels should peak by the end of the week. After that, they should stabilize for a few days before slowly and gradually falling.|
|●||Gatineau continues to monitor the situation, and all crews are at the ready on the ground.|
|●||Gatineau urges residents to remain vigilant, and encourages them to take the necessary measures to ensure their safety and protect their home.|
|●||Gatineau will continue to update residents as the situation evolves. Residents are asked to sign up for text and e-mail alerts at gatineau.ca/crue.|
“As water levels rise and streets close, the safety of our shoreline property owners is of utmost concern, and I am counting on everyone to refrain from using flooded streets, as this could cause further damage. I thank all Gatineau residents who are not directly affected by the flooding for their understanding and patience with residual materials collection,” indicated Gatineau Mayor France Bélisle.