Legault pledges $1 million, more rain on the way and state of emergency continues
Published Sunday, April 28, 2019 3:57PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, April 29, 2019 8:35AM EDT
More rain expected in the coming week
Montreal will see rain and double-digit temperatures in the coming days.
Between 10 and 20 millimetres of rain is expected to fall by the middle of the week.
The thermometer will still, however, be below the seasonal norm.
During the 2017 flooding, the temperatures were higher, leading to snow melting quicker and more destruction.
While the weather may be cooler this time around, those temperatures have helped prevent further damage.
“That helps to reduce the amount of water going into the river and with that, helping the river to absorb the water that will be reduced,” said Thomas Blanchet of Quebec's public safety department.
"You can't control the weather, but we can work to adjust the intervention of everyone."
State of emergency extended
On Sunday, Montreal’s city council voted to extend the state of emergency for the next five days, through Thursday, May 2.
The council met in a special session at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, not far from some of the worst-hit areas.
According to borough mayor Jim Beis, 11 homes have been evacuated this year, compared to hundreds during the 2017 floods.
"It was dangerous," said Rachel Huppe, a flood victim. "I felt like the wall in my daughter's bedroom...it was like I felt it moving."
Huppe's home survived the 2017 storms, but she's less optimistic this time around.
"It's not even the house anymore, it's just all our kids' stuff, all our clothes, all our souvenirs, our frames, our pictures, it's all gone," she said.
Sunday’s meeting at the high school was the first time since 1926 where the Montreal city council has met offsite in an extraordinary session.
"These types of situations will occur more often than not with climate change being what it is, so I think at that point all stakeholders have to sit together, including the residents," said Pierrefonds mayor Jim Beis.
On Sunday, premier Francois Legault also pledged a $1 million donation from the province to the Red Cross to help in flood relief efforts.
"We'll try after to adjust and see how we can help the municipalities, but some of [the residents] we will ask them to move," he said on Sunday in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, which saw a broken dike lead to thousands of evacuations on Saturday night.
Laval hopeful despite a wet forecast
On Saturday, Laval issued an evacuation order for a portion of Ile Verte.
22 houses were in the area, but only two families chose to leave.
There's currently over 40 millimetres of rain on the bridge to Ile Verte, greatly increasing the risk for crossing.
People are cautiously optimistic about the upcoming week, despite the expected rainfall.
“What we hope is that for the next three days, if there’s no rain, it’s going to be better,” said Laval police chief Pierre Brochet.
Roads and transit routes
The province later confirmed several road closures, including:
-Route 158 between Saint Simon Road and Highway 15
-Route 117 between Highway 158 and Highway 50
-Route 344 (Oka Road) at Main Road
-Route 340 between Leger and Paul-Gerin-Lajoie streets
To accomodate residents, the ARTM is offering free service on the Saint-Jerome line on weekdays starting Monday, April 29 until roads are reopened.
There are several bus routes in the Laurentians that will also be free: routes 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, 20, 22, 23, 27, 51, 52, 60, 61, 62, 71, 72, 73, 74, 88, 100, 101, 102, 103, 105 and 107