Heavy Rain wreaks havoc in region
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.