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19 September 2019

More Flexibility Demanded by Flood Victims in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac

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Through a petition that was tabled today in the National Assembly, the citizens of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac who are dealing with significant property damage following the flooding that occurred on April 27th are asking the Legault government for a program that meets their specific needs.

The 6000 citizens who faced emergency evacuation were victims of a dyke breach which falls under the State’s and municipality’s responsibility. Citizens purchased their properties in a sector that was zoned “no flood risk”. Their serious damage was not the result of a natural disaster, therefore they cannot be part of the general compensation and financial assistance program established for real or imminent disasters. Citizens are now left with seriously damaged homes. Some people’s properties even had to be demolished.

Minister Guilbault needs to demonstrate flexibility, common sense and put and end to the never-ending uncertainty that these victims in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac are experiencing by offering them a program that is adapted to their particular situation. A home is the investment of a lifetime and the CAQ needs to act wisely in this file.

–Marie-Claude Nichols, MNA representing Vaudreuil and Liberal Critic for Public Security