2019 spring floods: here's how to volunteer, and how to donate
Here are some links and resources related to this spring's floods.
Where can I check water levels?
The City of Montreal has set up a handy Google Maps-based page that tracks flood-related street closures.
Quebec's Public Security ministry has set up a color-coded page allowing people to check water levels along major bodies of water throughout the province.
On the ministry's Urgence-Québec page, you can find out more information on numbers of those affected, and service centres for each affected municipality.
How can I volunteer?
A Facebook discussion group that was active in 2017, now called Operation MTL Flood 2019- Helping Hands, has re-emerged to gather information on the floods, and volunteer efforts.
On Rock Community Services, a Pierrefonds-based service group, is calling on anyone with a truck or a trailer to to show up at 500 de l'Église in Ile-Bizard over the weekend of April 26-28 to help distribute sandbags (and please don't forget your rubber boots and hip waders). The group has 300 tons of sand, and they also need people to help bag it. They're expecting to be there right through the weekend of April 26-28 — and beyond, if need be.
As it was in 2017, a Facebook page called West Island Flood Volunteers has been set up "for people looking to help flood victims in need. Everything from food, shelter, transport to donations of any kind."
Officials at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School say they're looking for people to fill sandbags. Visit their Facebook page here.
As it did in 2017, a group called West Island Community Shares has set up a dedicated page for the floods — including how to donate, and where you can call to offer your help.
Meanwhile, two years ago, several cities and towns that were affected by those floods held weekend cleanup events. Expect to see some of those kinds of things take shape once the worst of the flooding comes to an end.
Where can I make a donation?
The Canadian Red Cross has set up a dedicated page for the 2019 Quebec floods. Click to donate or register for assistance.
How can I apply for government compensation?
There is a dedicated page set up by Quebec's Public Security ministry. For now, the page is only in French.
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