COVID-19 forces municipalities and volunteers to stand back in the event of Spring floods

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SAB Flood
Photo: Julie Bourbeau

Social distancing will make volunteering complicated and maybe impossible if flooding takes hold in the coming weeks. According to Sainte Anne De Bellevue’s website, volunteers and municipal employees will only be assigned to protect and secure municipal public infrastructure. Unless the provincial decree changes, volunteers will not be able to help others without keeping the required 2-metre distance.

SAB Flood 2020
Photo: Julie Bourbeau

“We are cautiously optimistic that Mother Nature will spare us this year, but are nonetheless remaining vigilant and keeping a close eye on water level, that we verify the meters we place on the banks of both Lac St. Louis and Lake of Two Mountains every 2 hours.” said SAB Mayor Paola Hawa. “Unfortunately this year, the COVID situation makes it impossible to ask or send volunteer reinforcements – so as was communicated to these residents, extra preparation and vigilance is required. The City will do all it can to lend a helping hand, despite the current restrictions placed upon us by provincial decree. For a community such as SADB that always supports its neighbours, this will be a difficult time.”

SAB sent out a resident memo this week, asking property owners to be prepared. The memo stated that unless the preventive measures imposed by governments in relation to the pandemic are changed, the City will not be able to find you volunteers and municipal employees will only be assigned to protect and secure municipal public infrastructure.  

“You are responsible for securing your property.”

The City is carrying out ongoing analysis of the state of the situation for the pandemic and the risks of flooding.

The city also asks citizens tempted to offer their help not to risk the health of the population by putting themselves in a position where it would be impossible to respect a social distance of more than 2 meters (6 feet).

Residences and businesses located in the “red zone” can receive up to 4 pallets of sand free of charge. Affected owners must call 514 457-6666 to make the request.

Latest update : April 15, 2020 from SABSAB FLOOD 2020

 

ALERT mode

We are still in ALERT mode. The City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, in collaboration with the Centre de la sécurité civile de Montréal, is continuously monitoring the situation for the Lac St. Louis and Lac des Deux-Montagnes, as well as for the Rivière de l’Anse-à-l’Orme.

  • Lac St. Louis
  • The water level is at the minor flood threshold, and the trend is down.
  • Lac des Deux-Montagnes
  • The water level is 300 mm (12”) above the minor flood threshold, and the trend is up for the next 48 hours. The water level could reach the base of the temporary dikes installed in a few places without impacting the buildings.

On ALERT mode, we perform increased surveillance every 2 hours to follow the evolution of water levels in Lac Saint-Louis and Lac des Deux-Montagnes. In addition, the municipal patrol also has a 24/7 resource.

Sand bags offered by the City

Residences and businesses located in the red zone along Lac St. Louis and Lac des Deux-Montagnes can receive up to 4 pallets of sand, free of charge.

To make the request, affected owners must call 514-457-6666 as of today, between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Thursday. The deliveries will begin tomorrow, April 16.

 

Be vigilant and prepared

The City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and the Agglomeration of Montreal encourage all citizens and merchants located in the red zone to be vigilant and to implement preventive measures as of now.

The Flood Emergency Line is activated in ALERT mode. If a situation seems unusual, please contact the City at 514-457-6666.

In case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

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