West Island cities preparing for floods – guide and information sessions listed here


By Rhonda Massad

Mid February the city of Dorval advised residents to be prepared in case of flooding and offered free sand bags to those who were in critical areas. Pierrefonds and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue have joined in. Pierrefonds will be passing out residents’ guide to those in critical areas while Ste. Anne’s is offering an information session on March 28 at 7 p.m.

One thing is common in all the flood traumatized cities, they want to help their residents be better prepared in the event of a repeat performance from Mother Nature this spring.

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“In times of tragic events, although we do our utmost to protect our residents, unforeseen situations sometimes occur, as was the case last year during the historic flooding,” stated Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor, Dimitrios (Jim) Beis. “The safety of our residents and the protection of their families, their belongings are very important to us and so we have produced this guide to help them. We want to equip them as best as possible so that they know how to protect themselves and prevent damage as well as react and take action efficiently and effectively in the event of a flood.”

The guide consists of several sections, three of which contain recommendations and actions to be taken before the flood, at the time of evacuation, after returning home and at the time of clean-up operations. The next section explains how residents can develop their own emergency plan and the items to include in a 72-hour emergency kit. And lastly, the final section provides a list of resources available to assist residents, in addition to telephone numbers, online services and alert message services to stay informed.

It also includes a list of useful resources in case of need and various contact information to stay informed. The guide will be distributed to Borough residents living in the areas most at risk. Moreover, it is available online on the Borough’s Internet site.

Ste. Anne’s information session will be offering an Emergency Plan in case of floods.

All citizens of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue are invited to an information session to be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 pm at Centre Harpell, 60 Rue Saint-Pierre, regarding the Emergency Plan in case of floods.

During this evening you will be informed of citizens’ responsibilities and the measures put in place by the City to face the possibility of floods. Also, those in attendance will also be informed of the measures and actions that will be taken during the different levels of activation of the emergency plan (normal, alert, intervention and recovery modes).