Gatineau floods: encouraging news, but vigilance needed

If weather forecasts and models of future levels of the Gatineau and Outaouais rivers are convincing, authorities are determined to maintain vigilance until at least Sunday.

We have some encouraging news. We have a stable water level, and even falling in places. However, we have no right to lower our vigilance because there are still two important variables that we will be monitoring over the next few days.announced France Bélisle, at his daily press briefing.

The sectors most likely to be affected have not changed. This is the sector between the Alonzo-Wright bridge and Moreau street. The expected water level rise is 40 cmcontinued the mayor.

The rain that will fall on Gatineau and will have an impact on our rivers. However, we know that [les deux rivières] can accommodate a certain amount of rainfall, so it is encouraging. »

A quote from France Bélisle, Mayor of Gatineau

The amount of rainfall that will be received in the region, as well as in the North where the Basque reservoir is located, remains two major unknowns.

We must stay on course and continue to prepare accordingly. No one here has the taste to make citizens work regardless of dykes. […] We want to arrive as quickly as possible to provide the right timeexplained by Ms. Belisle. We cannot be cicadas, and we must continue to be ants.

Normal level for Ottawa River

The water level in the Ottawa River also allows authorities to be optimistic.

Previous floods have coincided in both rivers. […] We have seen that the Gatineau River is highly dependent on the reaction of the Ottawa River, in this case favorableexplained Sonia Béland.

So far, the weather forecast for next week is unknown, but will also continue to be monitored, according to Denis Doucet, coordinator of emergency measures for the City.

President and CEO, Sophie Brochu at a press conference on the flooding situation in Gatineau.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jean Delisle

Hydro-Québec provides updates on the flood and the Baskatong reservoir

Yung encouraging news was announced hours after Hydro-Québec provided an update on the flooding. The president and CEO, Sophie Brochu, traveled to Outaouais Thursday at noon to try to reassure the population and respond to criticism in managing the situation.

We are highly aware and sympathetic to the reality of people in your corner of the world. »

A quote from Sophie Brochu, CEO, Hydro-Quebec

You have experienced repeated disasters for several years. Inevitably, it creates anxiety that quickly comes outsaid Ms. Brochu at the beginning.

All the decisions we make are made in light of understanding it, the health and safety of your world. This is our pole star and nothing else.

Hydro-Québec CEO Sophie Brochu, however, wants that refute two or three myths rotating in the population for a few days. No, the dams did not create the flood, he said. Bagkos, they alleviate problems.

% des amenés d’eau”,”text”:”Les barrages permettent de retenir une partie de l’eau des crues de la fonte des neiges. On est capable de travailler avec 40% des amenés d’eau”}}”>Dams make it possible to retain part of the water from floods of melting snow. We are able to work with 40% of the water supplyhe explained. % des amenés, qui sont entre les barrages et ici, sur lesquels on n’a absolument aucune capacité.”,”text”:”Il y a 60% des amenés, qui sont entre les barrages et ici, sur lesquels on n’a absolument aucune capacité.”}}”>But there are 60% of the intakes, which are between the road barriers and here, where we don’t have full capacity.

People answer questions from journalists.

Hydro-Québec President and CEO, Sophie Brochu, accompanied Gatineau Mayor France Bélisle at a press conference on the flooding situation in Gatineau.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jean Delisle

Next, Ms. Brochu that the sale of electricity abroad does not influence the choices of the state-owned company. Some theories are widespread among Gatineau residents according to which Hydro-Québec voluntarily flooded residents ’lands to honor sale contracts.

We can be convinced that we are exporting to the United States, we want to make money. It has nothing to do!he launched.

We will not make the money [les mêmes décisions]. He [Hugo Sansoucy, chef-planification de la production à Hydro-Québec] there are decisions to be made based on the safety of the population. This safety is influenced by the flow of the river and by the fact that the very structure of the infrastructures must be protected, because obviously if something breaks the infrastructures, we create a big problem.

We are looking for the smallest worst case scenario. The best of the scenarios. »

A quote from Sophie Brochu, CEO, Hydro-Quebec

A new reality, according to the CEO of Hydro-Québec

The CEO of Hydro-Québec, however, wants to warn residents: the current situation is unusual, but it is not the latter. This is a new reality brought about by climate change, he says.

Something is happening on the planet right now. We must remember what is happening. Whether it is the forest fires in the north, whether it is the water level, whether it is the extraordinary storm in which we live, we need to understand that we will increasingly experience the dangers that will come to us from heaven. we have to facedid he say.

Ms. argues. Brochu that municipalities need to think about how and where they will build their next constructions. These choices need to be made based on climate change.


Hugo Sansoucy, Head of Production Planning at Hydro-Québec, with the Mayor of Gatineau, France Bélisle, at a press conference about the flood situation in Gatineau.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jean Delisle

An extraordinary situation

What is happening now is quite raresaid in support of Hugo Sansoucy, the head of production planning at Hydro-Québec.

I don’t have an exact recurrence, but it’s a phenomenon that we don’t see at this time of year to have such heavy rainfall, which means we have less margin of maneuver to absorb and regulate. [l’eau].

The head of planning ensured that all means were being made to prevent the worst and the decision to remove the Basque reservoir was not taken lightly.

The level of the Baskatong reservoir is high. Let’s get out of the water to control the level rise and save if another low pressure level is fulfilled within a weekhe explained.

It actually controls the rise of the reservoir and keeps it at the maximum level of operation that should not be exceeded. »

A quote from Hugo Sansoucy, head of production planning, Hydro-Québec.

Mr. Sansouci pointed out that the Basque reservoir is currently filling to 85% of its capacity, % de remplissage”,”text”:”mais qu’il pourrait aller jusqu’à 91% de remplissage”}}”>but it can reach 91% filling.

The flow of water evacuated is approximately 1000 cubic meters per second and depending on where the rain falls, we’ll adjust that, but we keep track of thatHe added.

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