Message to residents : 2020 flood preparation

During this period of COVID-19, we must not forget the possible return of a flood. The Town of Hudson and its residents must prepare despite the current situation and the ban on indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Since the beginning of March, the Hudson Fire Department has been monitoring the water levels of the Lake of Two Mountains, the flows at Carillon and those of Lake Ontario, the snow levels in the Outaouais region as well as the basins, on a daily basis. So far, water levels indicate a fairly typical spring flood. Note this may change depending on future weather conditions.

Due to restrictive measures with the COVID-19 crisis, our municipality will not be able to open an emergency shelter for flood victims. Citizens located in risk areas must be vigilant and anticipate their needs now in the event of a flood. The Red Cross suggests that if you evacuated your home last year, you should make arrangements with family members, neighbours or hotels in the area, in case you need to relocate again this year. If you must evacuate and cannot find accommodation, contact Town Hall at 450-458-5347; we will do our best to help you.

Due to the social distancing prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health and the fact that we cannot solicit volunteers, the Town has purchased a sandbagging machine. This tool, operated with a single team of 3 to 5 people, can produce from 800 to 1600 bags/hour. If the floods occur this year, we will inform you of the process to follow to obtain bags.

For more information, please refer to the Town of Hudson website www.hudson.quebec which will be updated regularly, as well as to the Quebec government website: https://www.quebec.ca/securite-situations-urgence/urgences-sinistres-risques-naturels/inondation/ (available in French only)