MONTRÉAL, May 13, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Mayor Denis Coderre and Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (SIM) director and emergency preparedness coordinator Bruno Lachance, announce that the state of emergency declared on May 7 due to spring floods resulting from the water levels of Rivière-des-Prairies and Lac des Deux-Montagnes will not be renewed a second time and will be lifted as of noon on Sunday.
"Water levels continue to fall and the situation has considerably improved. The declaration of the state of emergency has allowed us to rapidly and efficiently implement the necessary measures to provide assistance to citizens. We are now progressively entering the phase of recovery", declared the Mayor.
It should be noted that resources remain mobilized for emergency response until further notice. Clean-up operations will be undertaken in the coming days, as soon as the situation permits.
Two conditions remain for residents to be allowed to return home. First, the premises must be inspected by city specialists. Second, individualized safety instructions will be given to the returning resident
To ensure everyone's safety, a procedure has been set for flood victims to return home safely. Evacuated residents are asked to follow instructions from ground authorities.
Here are some additional safety measures that residents should take:
- Ensure that heating and electricity systems are working correctly
- Check the general state of the building
- Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
- Check for mould
- Document damages (take photos and keep a written log)
- Be sure of food and water quality before consuming
Residents can obtain more information about the next steps to return home (for example, turning electricity, natural gas, propane and water and sewage lines back on) by visiting the city's emergency preparedness Web site (ville.montreal.qc.ca/csc), or by calling 3-1-1.
Road conditions are improving progressively. To see a list, view the interactive map.
SOURCE Ville de Montréal - Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
For further information: Source: Ville de Montréal; Information: Ligne Urgence médias, 514 872-5616