Quebec storm: Please don't call 911 to report wind damage, Montreal, Laval police urge

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MONTREAL - As Quebecers are battered by winds gusting up to 100 km/h Friday morning, Montreal and Laval police are urging the public not to use 911 to alert authorities of damage to their homes.

People with damaged property should just alert their insurance providers, the Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal said in a tweet Friday morning, adding that a police report is not necessary to make a damage claim.

911 should only be called if the heavy winds are posing a risk to people's safety or causing traffic hazards, police said.

Laval police later in the day echoed their Montreal colleagues' plea to the public to call 911 only in cases of emergency, not to report material damage.

Nearly a million homes across Quebec were without power as a result of Friday's storm, with more than 66,000 of those homes in Montreal.

911 is currently receiving a lot of calls because of the high winds. To report material damage to your property, contact your insurance. A police report is not required. If there is a traffic hazard or the safety of people is at risk, contact 911. Thank you for your collaboration pic.twitter.com/pkt69C993u

— Police Montréal (@SPVM) November 1, 2019

[Forts vents ��️] Nous recevons actuellement un fort volume d’appels en lien avec les forts vents. Afin de rapporter des dommages matériels, communiquez directement votre assureur. Si une situation met en danger la sécurité, merci de composer le 911. pic.twitter.com/GaUw17jUvR

— Police Laval (@policelaval) November 1, 2019