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What you need to know about flooding in and around Montreal

May 7, 2017 7:03 PM
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What you need to know about flooding in and around Montreal

The cities of Montreal and Laval are each under a state of emergency and rising water levels continue to wreak havoc over parts of Quebec—it's only going to get worse.

There has been a lot of information on the flooding, so here's a look at the key things you need to know.

The Emergency Management Act gives the authorities the power to move quickly to centralize and coordinate responses.

If your home is affected by flooding and the water levels continue to rise, authorities ask that you leave your home for your own safety.

Firefighters are making the rounds of affected areas to ensure that residents are not in danger.

Residents who voluntarily decide to leave their home as a precautionary measure are asked to advise their municipality of the situation.

Rigaud has declared a state of emergency. Other municipalities are trying to combat the floods. Here's what you need to know in a nutshell. (CBC)

The City of Montreal is asking residents not to move their cars from their properties if they are surrounded by water.

Residents who need to leave their homes are advised to bring pieces of identity and an emergency kit with all the basic items needed for 72 hours, including water, food, clothes, keys, money, as well as your phone and its charger.

A row of beds set up at a community centre turned emergency shelter in Île Bizard. The area has been heavily hit by flooding this week. (Charles Contant/CBC)

The Red Cross also set up an emergency centre at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School.

The City of Montreal has sandbags on hand for areas affected by flooding.

Borough workers will drop them off and help residents set them up around their properties.

Volunteers in and around the West Island have been lending a hand to fill and deliver bags as well.

For people looking to help, some communities are looking for volunteers to fill sandbags on Sunday.

As of Thursday, Quebec's Public Security Ministry reported 490 requests for compensation related to flooding have been made since April.

It's a dramatic increase compared to 2016, when a total of 61 claims were filed for the entire year.

Fire officials are reminding anyone running a propane or gas generator not to operate it indoors. Keep it outside to ensure proper ventilation.

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Source: cbc.ca

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