The Quebec government will provide home and business owners hit by the floods with a list of qualified entrepreneurs who are committed to working at a fair price as reconstruction work begins.

Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux and Labour Minister Dominique Vien made the announcement Friday morning, saying the government has signed agreements on the availability of labour and the delivery of services at fair prices with a multitude of construction and renovation organizations.

Quebec will provide a list of qualified entrepreneurs in the coming days, and will also publish a list of prices of reference for different jobs, so that homeowners will have an idea of what the market rate is.

Coiteux said the information will be sent to the door of every affected home.

The public security minister also said that water levels are decreasing in most areas affected by floods in Quebec. The only remaining concern is in the Lac-Saint-Jean region where stocks of sandbags have been built.

He also said the Lake St. Louis is stable, but has not yet started to recede.

As of Friday morning,

  • 78 municipalities are still affected by the floods
  • 2889 residences are flooded
  • 170 roads remain damaged by the flood waters