You Can Be Compensated Up To $1100 If You Were Stranded During Montreal's Infamous Highway 13 Blizzard
Remember a couple of years ago when Montreal experienced a giant snowstorm that dumped over 40 centimetres in one night in early March? I know you don't want to remember winter even exists right now but here's something to jog your memory.
It's hard to forget that infamous incident that happened along Highway 13 in March 2017. According to the Montreal Gazette, some 300 vehicles were stranded for 12 hours in blizzard conditions after a tractor-trailer jackknifed on the highway, trapping drivers. Needless to say, it was chaos.
In fact, the mayor at the time, Denis Coderre, was never told about the stranded drivers until 3:30 AM that day. According to CBC News, stranded drivers made over 300 calls to 911 in that 12 hours, but to no avail. Today, those drivers may finally be entitled to some much-deserved compensation.
To get an idea of how bad it was, check out this video below.
Raymond Chabot Administrateur Provisoire Inc. informed the public this morning that those who were trapped on Highway 13 that fateful March 2017 are now able to sign up for a compensation package.
According to the legal document, "each Claimant will be entitled to compensation ranging from $350 to $1,100 based on how long the person was immobilized in a vehicle". In some cases, the total compensation will increase by 25% if you fall under these criteria.
Over 300 people were stuck overnight in their cars on highway 13 because of that blizzard & poor evacuation plans. Quebec wat u doin— jamie (@jamie) 1489678981.0
Once your claim is processed, you'll have to wait some time for them to verify your claim and present you a potential compensation package.
Claimants have until November 4th, 2019 to submit a report.
The blizzard in March 2017 was classified as a cyclone and struck the province on March 13th. For more than 6 hours, snow fell at a rate of 8cm/hour. Winds reached up to 107km/hour in some parts of Montreal.
Numerous weather alerts warned people to stay home but as per tradition, nothing was cancelled. In some parts of the province, power was shut down for more than 24 hours.
According to the official press release, "this process is part of the settlement agreement between the Attorney General of Québec and the Plaintiff approved by the Québec Superior Court".
People were eventually rescued after their harrowing experience. According to CBC News, some people had to leave their cars for emergency reasons and some even ran out of gas.
If you were stuck on Highway 13 during the March 2017 blizzard, you might be entitled to a handsome compensation package!
To file a claim, please visit the official legal website for the Highway 13 Settlement.