Floods in Pierrefonds-Roxboro - Borough Adding Inspectors to Speed Up Visits to Flooded Properties

PIERREFONDS-ROXBORO, QC, May 15, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - In order to better assist residents in the steps they have to take to repair their properties, as a result of the flooding, the Borough will be adding eight more members to its inspection team for the next two weeks. These inspectors, who will be clearly identified as City employees, will be systematically going up and down the areas affected by the floods. Residents therefore don't have to register to receive this free service.

"Our goal is to make the repair approval process as easy as possible so that residents already in great distress can quickly return to their homes and their regular routine," stated Borough Mayor Dimitrios (Jim) Beis.

Declaration of repair work and permits

These inspectors will be conducting a basic inspection of the properties, to estimate the scope of the repairs to be made and the nature of the necessary permits involved. These inspectors will be giving the residents a work declaration form to fill out and return to Borough Hall.

For most of the residents who will be carrying out only interior repairs of the damage, this form will be the sole document required and there will be no costs involved in this regard. Residents who opt to combine other types of work (extensions, major modifications, etc.) may have to obtain a permit and pay the applicable charges. The situation will be evaluated case by case and, at the time of the inspectors' visit, they will be able to inform the residents of the procedures that concern them in particular.

For all the outdoor work—repairs to pool, fence, patio, low wall, etc.—a permit must be obtained and the charges stipulated in current municipal bylaws are payable. However, the permit usually required for carrying out pool repairs will be free of charge for the flood victims.

Fire department inspection

It should be noted that the Borough's inspectors will be visiting the properties only after these homes have been assessed by officers of the Montréal fire department (Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (SIM)). To have the SIM officers visit their property, residents must contact 311.

At the time of their visit, the SIM officers will issue an official notice to residents informing them as to whether or not they can return to their homes, based on any risks that are still present there. A green notice indicates that the property is safe enough for residents to return there; a yellow notice - residents may return, but only under certain conditions; a red notice - residents may not return to their home due to the risks still present there.

Financial assistance program of the Québec government's Ministère de la Sécurité publique

The Québec government's Ministère de la Sécurité publique is offering a financial assistance program for the flood victims.

On the Internet, to obtain more information on the program, to find out whether you are eligible for such assistance and to register: http://www.securitepublique.gouv.qc.ca/en/civil-protection/financial-disaster-victims.html.

Residents who are eligible and registered in the program will be contacted by Québec government representatives to arrange an appointment for an inspection of their property.  


SOURCE Ville de Montréal - Arrondissement de Pierrefonds-Roxboro

For further information: Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Division des communications et des relations avec les citoyens, 514 624-1043

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