Floods

 

Summary

 

Current Status

Latest update : April 28, 2021

NORMAL mode

We are currently still in NORMAL mode.

The City is closely monitoring water levels with the various stakeholders and is currently implementing an emergency measures plan in anticipation of potential flooding.

In the event that flooding occurs again this year, the current situation with COVID-19 could complicate the provision of aid services, volunteers, etc. It is therefore very IMPORTANT that you take all the necessary measures in order to be well prepared:

 

STATE OF THE CURRENT SITUATION

  • Lac des Deux-Montagnes: The water level is 1640 mm (65'') below the minor flood threshold and the trend is stable.

  • Lac Saint-Louis: The water level is 1220 mm (48'') below the minor flood threshold and the trend is stable.

Since the start of the analysis period, the water level of both lakes has been stable.


IMPORTANT:

The next Emergency newsletter regarding flooding will only be sent if the water level in one of the lakes reaches the monitoring threshold or if we have new information to share.

 

UNDERSTANDING SPRING FLOODING

Each year, experts at Hydro-Quebec work actively to make the best use of their network of facilities in order to limit the impact of spring runoff on populations.

The organisation explains on its website the phenomenon of flooding and how they are working to limit its impacts.

Read more ->

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⇒ Water Level - Lac des Deux-Montagnes

⇒ Water Level - Las St-Louis (you need to click I agree and the bottom of the page)

 

See the newsletters

 

Levels of activation of the emergency plan

 

Information to the population

NORMAL MODE

  • Website: Regular updates on this page as of April 12, 2021
  • Social media: Regular updates on Twitter and Facebook (@VilledeSADB) as of April 12, 2021

ALERT MODE

  • Newsletters: A newsletter will be sent each day, unless otherwise noted, as soon as we enter Alert Mode, Subscribe here
  • Website: Daily updates, unless otherwise noted 
  • Social Media: daily updates, unless otherwise noted on Twitter and Facebook (@VilledeSADB)
  • Flood Emergency line activated514 457-6666

INTERVENTION 1 AND 2 MODES

  • CodeRED: Daily calls, text messages or emails sent to residents in the red zone. Subscribe here
  • Paper Newsletter Distribution: In the « red zone »
  • Website: Daily updates 
  • Social Media: daily updates on Twitter and Facebook (@VilledeSADB)
  • Flood Emergency line514 457-6666
  • NewslettersSubscribe here

RECOVERY MODE

  • Website: Daily updates 
  • Social Media: daily updates on Twitter and Facebook (@VilledeSADB)
  • Flood Emergency line514 457-6666
  • NewslettersSubscribe here
  • Paper Newsletter Distribution: In the « red zone »
  • CodeRED : Calls, text messages and emails sent to residents in the red zone. Subscribe here
 

Red zones

 

Prepare Yourself!

CAREFULLY PREPARE AND LOWER THE RISKS

  • Check to see if your home is located in a flood-prone area.
  • Contact your municipality to familiarize yourself with the flooding risksin your district and the emergency measures in place.
  • Prepare a family emergency plan and an emergency kit.
  • Subscribe to our newsletter and Register to CodeRED to receive updates on the situation and emergency alerts sent by the City.
  • Have an anti-backflow device (or check valve) installed. This device will prevent wastewater from overflowing municipal sewers from entering your basement. Ask an expert!
  • Check whether your home insurance covers flooding.

FAMILY SAFETY PLAN

A family safety plan is very useful in case of an emergency. Take a few moments to prepare your own plan. It’s easy!

  • Always have an emergency kit in your home. Your kit should contain enough material, food and water to provide for your family’s basic needs during the first 3 days of an emergency situation.
  • List the contact information of the persons you’ll need to get in touch with in case of an emergency – family members, daycare, school, municipality, etc.
  • Prepare a home evacuation plan.
  • Make sure you know how to shut off water, electricity and gas in your home, should the need arise. 
  • In the event of an emergency, avoid using the elevator.
  • Plan an emergency route if you have to evacuate your neighbourhood. Plan an alternate route in case some roads are closed. For your safety, remember to notify the authorities responsible for the emergency measures in your municipality that you have evacuated your home, and of the location where you are staying.
  • Take an inventory of all your belongings, as well as proofs of purchase, photographs or videos. Keep these documents and a copy of your home and automobile insurance policies outside of your home in a secure location, at the office for example.

EMERGENCY KIT

It’s important to have an emergency kit in your home. Make sure it contains enough material, food and water to meet your family’s basic needs for at least the first 3 days of an emergency situation. Keep your emergency kit in a place that is easy to access. Check its contents yearly and replace batteries and water supplies as required.

Always have the following items in your home. Ideally, they should be placed in a backpack or a storage bin:

  • Drinking water — two litres per person per day, for at least 3 days;
  • Non-perishable food — enough for at least 3 days;
  • Manual can opener;
  • Battery-operated radio — spare batteries;
  • Flashlight or headlamp — spare batteries, or a hand-crank flashlight or headlamp;
  • Lighter or matches and candles;
  • First Aid kit — antiseptic, pain medication, adhesive bandages, sterile gauze pads, scissors, etc.; 
  • Whistle — to signal your presence to rescuers;
  • Dust masks — to filter contaminated air;
  • Map or GPS;
  • Compass;
  • Sunglasses and sun lotion;
  • Pocketknife;
  • Small toolbox;
  • Tent, sleeping bag and foam mat;
  • Camping stove, fuel and kitchen utensils; 
  • Personal care items;
  • Over-the-counter medications (antihistamine, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.);
  • Prescription medications (prescribed by your doctor); 
  • Garbage bags;
  • Hiking shoes or boots; 
  • Waterproof clothing;
  • Spare clothes;
  • A deck of cards, books, magazines.

The first seven items will make it possible for you and your family to survive during the first 3 days of an emergency situation, while you wait for rescue or for essential services to be re-established.

 

Protect your home … not your property

  1. Install a backflow preventer valve to your floor or garage drains to prevent backup of sanitary sewers.
  2. Caulk and seal your basement windows.
  3. Build a sand dike directly against the outside wall for added strength.
  4. Check that your submersible pump is in good working order.
  5. Rent additional pumps as necessary.
  6. Move your furniture upstairs, if possible

Homeowners are required to obtain the necessary equipment and labour to protect their home or business.

In Alert mode, 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 as soon as the city reaches ALERT mode.

If water begins to cover the floor,

DO NOT TAKE A RISK, CALL 9-1-1 

Hydro-Québec or the SIM will take the necessary measures

See the video of the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro as an example.

Side view


Front view

 

Where to get sandbags and plastic foil?

Recommended type of plastic foil to use:
Plastic foil - Vapour Barrier : Thickness 0.006 inches / 0.150 mm

You can purchase plastic foil and sand bags in most of hardware stores (Rona, Réno-Dépôt, Patrick Morin, Home Depot, etc.)

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly recommend that you use the delivery services.

In Alert mode, residences and businesses located in the "red zone" can receive up to 4 pallets of sand from the City, free of charge. Affected owners must call 514 457-6666 to make the request as soon as the City reaches ALERT mode.

Some of the closest hardware stores:
RONA Pincourt
1200 Boulevard du Traversier, Pincourt
514-457-3337 

Patrick Morin
1900 Boulevard du Traversier, Pincourt
514-425-5858

Réno Dépôt
3010 Boulevard de la gare, Vaudreuil-Dorion
450-455-3067

Home-Dépôt
55 Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, Vaudreuil-Dorion
450-510-2600

 

The Ministère de la sécurité publique now offers a compensation and financial assistance program for victims of disasters such as floods:

 

Volunteering

You are responsible for securing your property.

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

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.

We also ask 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.

 

Pumps and Generators Warning

When emptying your basement, be extremely careful when operating your pumps and generators, in order to avoid suffocation, electrocution or ignition of a fire.

The use of (gasoline) pumps can be a source of carbon monoxide poisoning which can cause various effects ranging from headaches to coma and death. Be advised that asphyxiating gases are odorless, colorless and painless. These appliances must be placed outdoors and ensure that the wind does not push the exhaust into the house.

If you or anyone around you feels any discomfort, stop the operation of your pump, call 911 or see a doctor immediately.

 

If you must evacuate your home

Inform the municipal authorities by calling at 514 457-6666.

WHY ?

  • To reach you in case of emergency or additional damage to your home
  • To be aware of the evacuated areas to ensure more surveillance
  • To inform you of the procedure to return to your home when the time comes

When you call, we will be asked the following questions:

  • Personal information (name, address, telephone number where we can reach you)?
  • How many people were evacuated and how many stayed at home?
  • Do you take specific medications?
  • Are you disabled?
  • Do you have any pets?

SHELTER AND ASSISTANCE FOR RELOCATION

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with the directives of the Ministère de la Sécurité Publique du Québec, the City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue will not be able to open a shelter or offer assistance for relocation.

 

Return home

CAREFUL!

Before you go back home, it is imperative to get advice from the authorities and professionals, especially if your home has been flooded. 

1. Notify 514 457-6666 of your intention to return to your home.

  • The Montreal Fire Department (SIM) will contact you to set up an evaluation of your home

2. Wait for the SIM visit and authorization to return to your home and follow all their recommendations.

3. Consult specialists

  • A master electrician to restore power, check the condition of your electrical installations and carry out any work required to restore them.
  • A heating specialist to get your appliances up and running again
  • A plumber to check the pipes.
  • Énergir or your gas distributor to reopen the gas supply line.

4. Take pictures

  • Make a list of the damage caused to your property and send this information to your Borough and your insurer.

5. Other recommendations

  • Wear boots and gloves.
  • Watch out for pieces of broken glass and other dangerous debris that may injure you.
  • Avoid using electrical extensions in places where there are still damp spots.
  • Don’t use any flood-dirty electrical or heating equipment, to avoid the risk of electrocution or fire.
  • Dispose of all food and medication that have been in contact with flood water or that could not be stored at appropriate temperature.
  • Dispose of anything damaged by following the municipality’s instructions in this regard.
  • Keep an eye on the structure of your home. Floor bulging or wall warping could jeopardize your family’s safety as well as your own.
 

Emergency Numbers

Flood emergency 
(activated in ALERT mode)

514 457-6666

Police and Fire 9-1-1

Info-Santé : 8-1-1 (Health-Info)

CLSC du Lac-St-Louis (CIUSSS) : 514 697-4110

Hydro-Québec : 1-800-790-2424 (Power Outage Info)  or call 9-1-1 (Emergency situation)

Énergir : 1-800-361-8003 (odours and gas leak) or call 9-1-1

Transport Québec : 5-1-1 (Road Network)