Rain expected to wane, but riverfront neighbourhoods on flood alert


The incessant rains that have sparked at least one state of emergency in a Montreal area municipality and a network of sand bank distribution points are expected to end late Friday afternoon.

But showers are expected to resume Friday night riverfront neighbourhoods extending from Rigaud to Laval remained vigilant as water levels continue to rise despite the expected break in precipitation.

In Laval, a section of Mille-Îles Blvd. that runs along the river was reportedly blocked off as a precaution, as flooding eroded soil alongside the thoroughfare. City officials announced yesterday that Quebec’s Public Security ministry would be including Laval as one of the eligible cities to obtain flood-related financial assistance for those homes affected by flooding between April 19-20, and that flooding had already been reported on some streets, on properties and in homes, particularly in the Chomedey, Îles Laval, Laval-sur-le-Lac, Laval-Ouest and Fabreville districts.

In Montreal, authorities warned that water levels on the Rivière-des-Prairies, Lac St. Louis and Lake of Two Mountains are expected to rise over the course of Friday and invited residents living in at risk areas to contact 3-1-1 if they wanted to obtain sandbags.

In Rigaud, a state of emergency sparked by flooding and declared Thursday remained in effect early Friday morning, with residents in effected areas being ordered to leave their homes and inform the city of their whereabouts once they had left.

In Senneville, the shutdown of l’Anse-à-l’Orme Rd. due to flooding was still in force.

The forecast for Friday calls for a mix of rain and drizzle expected to end in the afternoon. Saturday’s weather outlook calls for a mix of clouds and rain and a 40-per-cent chance of showers.