WATCH: Rigaud farm still trying to recover from devastating floods
In the two years leading up to the flood, Rigaud's Rachel Martin was working hard to expand her farming operations at Ranch de l'Amitié.
Livestock accounts for about two-thirds of business, and Martin wanted a bigger herd and business, but that meant she'd have to sell fewer livestock for a while.
"We're tired. We're tired," she says.
It's been a rough year for the farm and this young farmer.
Holding onto the animals a bit longer to grow her herd left her farm's income about $2,000 short of qualifying for provincial assistance when the flood was over.
"Look at all my fencing! How discouraging is that?!?," she said, almost yelling. "Right now, on 90 acres of property, we have about 72 acres that need to be re-fenced."
The fencing is crucial to keeping her livestock safely on her property, including "Princess" the horse who followed Martin around the farm throughout her interview with CJAD 800.
There's roughly $20,000 worth of repairs to be done and it doesn't include the small bridge in Ranch de l'Amitié's long driveway.
"There's no way that I can come back and fix all my fencing. The bridge...just fixing the bridge is about four or $5,000."
Last year's flood waters dumped anything and everything that was not nailed down at her neighbours' places (or neighbouring communities) into her fences.
From firewood to front porches, kayaks and huge tires, Martin's acres of fencing caught it all then the waters ensured the fences were pulled apart.
Some fences not damaged by the flood fell victim to mini-stampedes of terrified animals. The regular overflights of helicopters belonging to provincial police, Canadian military and French TV channels often sent the animals running, with Martin unable to stop either.