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Vrai changement pour Montréal unveils measures to counter the floods

Montréal, Tuesday, October 24 2017 – "The tragedies caused by the floods of last spring have demonstrated the need to reevaluate the way things are done in Pierrefonds-Roxboro. Vrai changement pour Montréal proposes a series of simple, affordable and effective measures that will allow the borough to be ready in the future to reduce the impact on citizens or even, in some cases, to prevent such disasters, " said the leader of Vrai changement pour Montréal and candidate for Borough mayor of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Justine McIntyre.

During the press conference, along with her team of candidates in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Justine McIntyre unveiled a plan that revolves not only around an efficient dialogue with partners, but also citizen mobilization and the acquisition of certain equipments to prevent repeating the mistakes made last spring.

The strategy calls for the creation of an extensive volunteer base as soon as possible to mobilize quickly, and in a coordinated manner, a response force that would support the teams sent by the City of Montreal and by other levels of government. "During the floods this year, hundreds of citizens wanted to lend a hand to disaster victims and participants, but the borough had to refuse the help because it lacked the ability to coordinate the volunteer effort," said Justine McIntyre.

In addition, the candidate for mayor of Pierrefonds-Roxboro proposes to repair some decisions that proved disastrous by restoring the stocks of sandbags that the borough hall destroyed shortly before the spring floods. At the same time, the plan calls for the acquisition of inflatable dikes that would be anchored in the most sensitive sectors, namely in the Rive Boisée sector, the Marina of Pierrefonds sector and near 5th Avenue North in Roxboro.

Finally, Vrai changement pour Montréal calls for a series of consultations with various partners, such as the Centre d’expertise hydrique du Québec or Environment Canada, to develop a flood forecasting system that will provide response teams with more information and time to prevent or prepare for an overflowing river.

"We already know that there are models elsewhere that can accurately predict flood waters. Environment Canada cites five of these models adapted to the sectors they serve. The options are on the table. The borough hall must, however, perform a post-mortem and deliver without delay the assessment of last spring’s tragic episode. It must then demonstrate that it has the political will to deliver. Unfortunately, until now we see that victims are still facing unacceptable delays in terms of the psychological assistance and legislative support that they were entitled to expect, " said Justine McIntyre.

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Aude Cauchard
Communications officer
Vrai changement pour Montréal
438 – 402 7002
communications@vraichangementmtl.org