Montreal Has Declared A State Of Emergency For The Next Four Days
After a dike was compromised this weekend, Mayor Valerie Plante has extended the State of Emergency.
The State of Emergency that was put in place last week for the Montreal region will continue until Thursday afternoon, several sources are reporting.
Keeping the city in the State of Emergency allows for flexibility when it comes to "civil security," CJAD explains. So while the water levels didn't rise as much as expected over the weekend, this State of Emergency allows the mayor to have access to funds and call evacuations, if necessary.
Thousands were required to evaluate Saturday night in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac after a dike was breached by Lac Deux-Montagnes, west of the Island.
TL;DR Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante has extended the State of Emergency for Montreal after a dike was compromised over the weekend and 2,500 home were evacuated. The State of Emergency will be in place until Thursday, as Montreal is expecting rain all week.
According to CJAD, Mayor Valerie Plante has said that "the situation is quite stable at this point," though evacuations were necessary to ensure the safety of citizens in the area.
Countless volunteers have been present across the greater Montreal area, filling sandbags and helping to protect peoples' homes.
The dike breach that occurred in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac required 2,500 homes to evacuate, though largely as a precaution.
According to The Weather Network, the Transport Ministry of Quebec also closed a lane in either direction of the bridge l'Île-aux-Tourtes in order to strengthen the dikes in place.
Other road and bridge closures include Galipeault Bridge on Highway 20, Route 340 between Leger and Pail-Gerin-Lajoie, the bridge to Laval between Île Bigras and Île Verte, the Île Mercier bridge on Louis-Roch, Bord-du-Lac Rd. between Place des Cajeux and Philippe-Delisle, and Route 344 (Oka Rd.) at rue Principal.
Other roads and bridge closures can be seen on a map here provided by The Montreal Gazette.