Île-Bizard residents want preventive flood measures now, not next spring

ILE BIZARD FLOOD

Some flood victims of Ile Bizard will be protesting tonight at the borough hall before the council meeting demanding more immediate measures to help protect against possible flooding next year.

Simon Authier says he's one of the lucky ones - his home is finally fixed up after this spring's flooding.

But several of his neighbours aren't so fortunate.

"It's been more than two years since the 2017 flood and in our neighborhood, nothing has happened," said Authier in an interview with CJAD 800.

So Authier and his neighbours had to deal with flooding again this year so they want more flood prevention financing and immediate temporary dikes - in place by at least October 15.

"If somebody sits and spends a week to say, Well, we're going to put those temporary dikes (near) houses, they're going to do a much better job than somebody just throwing something there on the spot when the flooding is actually rising by the hour," said Authier.

Mayor Norman Marinacci said their hands are tied - they have to wait for the greenlight from the Quebec Environment Ministry.

"We have to go through all the ministry of environment's requirements," Marinacci told CJAD 800.

"I understand the citizens want action and I'm 100% behind them."

Robert Idsinga still hopes to launch a class action lawsuit against the borough.

"Why were Pierrefonds-Roxboro able to do those measures?" asked Idsinga.

Marinacci said it's complicated.

"I'm an island surrounded by water and each sector is different," said Marinacci.

The mayor said he's sending a letter to the ministry requesting authorization for temporary measures.

Authier said they'll keep up the pressure.

"A lot of my friends in the neighbourhood stopped working for more than a month, people with burnout - we don't want to live this again," said Authier.

ILE BIZARD FLOOD

Simon Authier