Heavy Rain wreaks havoc in re­gion

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vioc­to­ria Vanier Ma­gog

Mon­day evening’s tor­ren­tial rains forced about two hun­dred Ma­gog res­i­dents from their homes and caused sev­eral road ac­ci­dents as cars hy­droplaned right off the roads.

In Ma­gog, 120 mm of rain fell in the space of four hours, be­tween 6:00 pm and 10:30 pm, flood­ing roads and base­ments. Ac­cord­ing to En­vi­ron­ment Canada me­te­o­rol­o­gist, An­dré Cantin, the heavy rain was the re­sult of pow­er­ful storm cells be­tween three and five kilo­me­tres

in di­am­e­ter. The aver­age rain­fall in the area for the en­tire month of Septem­ber is only 97 mm. The pre­vi­ous rain­fall record in Ma­gog for the date of Septem­ber 2nd was set back in 1960 when 67 mm fell. An over­all record in the area, which was set on July 6th, 1984, was of 99 mm of rain.

The flood­ing oc­curred in the north­east sec­tor of Omerville, the Ruis­seau Rouge sec­tor, the Venise sec­tor, Sher­brooke Street, Pie XII and St. Pa­trice Street. Sew­ers were not able to han­dle the quan­tity of wa­ter that fell in such a short pe­riod of time. The swelling of the creek washed away a sec­tion of the foun­da­tion of the Mon­treal, Maine and At­lantic Rail­way line which runs be­tween Ma­gog and Sher­brooke and which also serves the Or­ford Ex­press.

The evac­u­ated res­i­dents were taken to La Ruche high school, on Mon­day evening, and all but about fifty of them were al­lowed to re­turn to their homes on Tues­day morn­ing. The re­main­der were moved to a ho­tel by the Red Cross. Other res­i­dents who re­ceived dam­ages to their homes from the flood­ing but were not evac­u­ated must reg­is­ter with the town by call­ing 819 843-6501, ex­ten­sion 325, or go to the Town Hall di­rectly. They will then be con­tacted and in­formed about the steps to fol­low to re­ceive com­pen­sa­tion. Psy­choso­cial help is also avail­able from the pro­fes­sion­als of the CSSS by call­ing 811.

Chris­tine Savard, the re­gional di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Safety of the Mon­teregie and Estrie, is ask­ing ev­ery­one af­fected to con­sult the town’s in­ter­net site in the sec­tion “Se­cu­rite publique”. There they will find all the doc­u­ments needed, in­struc­tions and mea­sures to take af­ter a flood. Th­ese doc­u­ments are also avail­able at the Town Hall.

Any­one who is not cer­tain of the safety of their home, the state of the elec­tri­cal sys­tem, clean­li­ness, mold prob­lems, etc., can con­tact Ma­gog’s Pub­lic Safety depart­ment at 819 843-3333. Cit­i­zens are also ad­vised to con­tact their in­sur­ance com­pa­nies as soon as pos­si­ble and in­form them of the na­ture of the dam­ages.

There was also flood­ing in St. Elie and Deauville.

A por­tion of the foun­da­tion of the Mon­treal Maine and At­lantic rail line, lo­cated on Venise Road be­tween Ma­gog and Sher­brooke, was washed

away Mon­day evening.

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