Posted on Monday April 29, 2019 at 10:19 a.m.
No state of emergency for Champlain, Rigaud issues mandatory evacuation
Champlain Township officials have remained constant in assuring the population that although water levels have risen, there is still no cause for immediate concern. Rigaud and Pointe-Fortune, on the other hand, have ordered evacuations.
Rigaud Fire Chief Daniel Boyer ordered evacuations in all flooded areas in Rigaud and Pointe-Fortune on Friday morning. After over ten days of rising floodwaters, the City of Rigaud has now officially seen historic flooding.
More than 685 people have been evacuated in those areas and so far 72 families (156 people) are receiving Red Cross assistance with accommodation. Some residents in both Rigaud and Pointe-Fortune have remained in their homes, defying the evacuation order.
The Ottawa River level, normally at 22 metres, reached 24.83 metres on Friday and is forecast to reach 25.15 metres, which is above the 2017 level, on Monday.
The Township of Champlain has asked residents to be prepared to evacuate on short notice if need be, although that is not the case at the moment. A 24-hour emergency shelter, staffed by the Red Cross, has been set up at the Clarence Creek arena on Lemay Street.