8 Montreal Areas That Are Most At Risk For Flooding

Montreal is currently under a rainfall warning.

Assistant Editor, MTL Blog
A car submerged in water after flooding hit Quebec in 2019.

A car submerged in water after flooding hit Quebec in 2019.

The Island of Montreal is currently under a rainfall warning, which was issued by Environment Canada in the early morning of April 23, 2023. A total rainfall amount of 40 millimetres is expected until Monday morning.

The federal weather department said that localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible due to the excess rainfall. The city of Montreal has identified eight zones across the island that are most at risk for flooding.

"Areas bordering the Lac des Deux Montagnes and the Rivière des Prairies are at higher risk of flooding," the city wrote on its website. "If an alert is issued, the status of the situation and measures being taken in the field will be communicated to residents quickly."

Here are the eight sectors of concern:

  • Ahuntsic-Cartierville
  • Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève
  • Montréal-Nord
  • Pierrefonds-Roxboro
  • Pointe-Claire
  • Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
  • Senneville

"For residents of the St. Lawrence River and Lac Saint-Louis shorelines, the risk is low."

According to the City of Montreal, intervention mode has been activated, and teams are already mobilized to handle any incoming floods.

In cases of flooding, the city provides at-risk areas of Montreal with the equipment and materials needed to prevent and fight flooding, which often occurs in the spring when the snow melts.

This includes sandbags, concrete barriers, bulk sand, pebbles, "Citadelle" dikes, and plastic sheeting, to name a few.

Water levels can be viewed in real time on the Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs' website.

Stay safe, Montreal!

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Mike Chaar
Assistant Editor, MTL Blog
Mike Chaar is a writer by day and reality TV binge-watcher by night. When he’s not cracking down on recalls, celeb news and discovering the best of the best foodie spots across Montreal, he can be found indulging in his love for new cuisines, reading and music, with Mariah Carey being his ultimate diva.