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Extreme Weather


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Over the course of the weekend of January 12-14, parts of southern Québec saw heavy rainfall, some areas received more than 40mm. The vast amounts of precipitation caused flooding in municipalities across several regions of the province. The impact of the rising water spurred the government to act and make available the General Financial Assistance Program for Real or Imminent Disasters for flood victims in 37 municipalities.

In a press release the Québec Minister of Public Security Minister, Martin Coiteux, said "when floods occur, it is important first and foremost to ensure the safety of the people."

The assistance program provides financial assistance to tenants and owners of a principal residence. Residents are urged to take measures to protect their property, for which they may be reimbursed up to $3 thousand for related "equipment and labour costs."

Further people should inform their municipalities of any damage that may have occurred and to contact their insurer, the program "does not cover damage to property caused by a claim corresponding to an insurable risk."

The Ville de Québec has been mobilized to respond to flood water since Friday, and in a press release on Sunday stated that the city is "intervening on ice jams in problematic streams, without aggravating their condition." They added that "several teams are working 24 hours a day so that citizens can return to their homes as soon as possible."

The sector of Duberger-Les-Saules has been hit particularly hard, and according to a January 16 press release "47 homes have been affected by the floods, (...) 70 people are evacuated including 14 people taken in charge by the Red Cross."

Security of residences is a priority for the City, and they outlined their next steps in dealing with the situation. The City "continued (their) interventions in the (Saint-Charles) River and undertook ice-breaking work on the streets and private entrances." This work will allow for the removal of vehicles that have been trapped. The City will also remain in contact with victims in the coming days.

To address the complicated work of removing the ice on the river "new specialized equipment, an amphibious shovel will be in action" today.

The full weight of Québec's municipal institutions has responded to the flooding.

Sandra Dion, Media Relations Service de Police de la Ville de Québec (SPVQ), is present "to assure the security of the people and goods."

"We also have the responsibility to monitor the perimeter that includes the streets of the victims, and we monitor the residences located there," she said.

Dion explained that the SPVQ have established "checkpoints with accreditations for those entering the perimeter." The SPVQ is "also coordinating with the Fire Protection Service for requests for visits for those affected." An accreditation office opened as of 11 AM January 16.

The Service de protection contre les incendies de Québec is also present on the ground. We were informed that their mission is to "offer rapid intervention and prevention, and act in all other instances where their expertise, resources, and equipment are appropriate." They are also present to "ensure the security of those who are there to intervene in the situation."

In an information session held Monday evening victims were made aware of the financial and psychosocial assistance from the Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec. There is an information line to answer questions and offer support.

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