State Of Emergency: The Montreal & Laval Areas Most At Risk Of Flooding

According to the government of Quebec.
Senior Editor
State Of Emergency: The Montreal & Laval Areas Most At Risk Of Flooding

The city of Montreal has declareda state of emergency in anticipation of heavy rain and flooding this weekend.

This announcement comes after several other municipalities in Quebec have declared states of emergency in the last week to combat high water levels. The federal government also mobilized emergency resources, including the army, to aid in relief and public security efforts.

Though Montreal mayor Valérie Plante stated in a Tweet that "the number of evacuations is currently limited," she says the worst is to come "within 48 hours." It is thus important that Montreal residents stay apprised of potential updates and follow the direction of public safety officials.

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TL;DR The government of Quebec publishes information about the areas most at risk of flooding and the state of floods across the province.

The government of Quebec is monitoring areas most at risk and publishes its findings on the Sécurité publique Québec website. These areas are categorized by current state of inundation and qualified by risk tendency (either increasing or decreasing).

As of the time of writing, these are the areas of Montreal Island (including city boroughs and on-island suburban municipalities) and Laval that are under surveillance:


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This information is subject to change. Monitor the government of Quebec website for more information.

This map also illustrates the scope and severity of floods and flood watches in the regions around Montreal:

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In addition, this map shows the specific sections of coast that are currently inundated:

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This information is not a substitute for the best and most recent advice from public security officials.

It is critical that residents in areas at risk of flooding monitor communications from their local police, public officials, and emergency response teams.

See Urgence Quebec's list of flooding "tips and safety instructions" here.

Stay tuned for updates.

Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.
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