While some citizens use sandbags to protect their homes, the co-owners of 31 King Street West, which includes the owner of the L’Extase store, Janick Côté, have decided to invest $ 40,000 in a barrier system. of water.
P ince the water of the St. Francis River stabilized before reaching the critical threshold Saturday night, they will not have confidence that the system made the difference, but they believe the investment is worth sentence.
“I left because the fire department asked to evacuate. We did not have the choice to close the business, says Ms. Côté. We had done the maximum of what we could do: we had raised all our inventories as much as possible, we had put pockets of sand in front of our doors and we had installed the dikes.
“I know that during the night, we had water in the parking lot, almost to the sidewalk. It inflated the dikes on the side of the river, but the water did not rise to the front. I think it did not go up enough to see if it was very well installed, but I think so. ”
Ms. Côté has a bad memory of the flood of 2014, while his local had been flooded. “We had about a foot of water throughout the first floor. This is where we decided to buy what is called a portable dike. They are installed in prevention and if it goes up, the water makes the dike rise, so it protects the cellar and the first floor, “she explains.
“If I had bought it in 2014, she says, it would have cost me less than the damage, the loss of equipment, turnover and furniture that the floods caused. ”
St. Francis under 18 feet; Weedon is recovering more slowly
We continued to breathe more freely in downtown Sherbrooke on Tuesday, with the level of the Saint-François River continuing its decline.
The Municipal Organization of Civil Security (OMSC) was able to put itself in the “pre-alert” phase following the measurement taken at the probe near the Aylmer bridge in the morning. It indicated a measurement of 18 feet, notes the OMSC.
However, rivers remain under surveillance in Estrie. This is the case of Lake Louise, in Weedon, where the level was rising, as was Lake Memphremagog. Aylmer Lake was down, however, the authorities said.
While vigilance is still needed in Weedon, Mayor Richard Tanguay was confident that a gradual decline in the level of Lake Louise should be observed during the week.
“The situation has been very stable since the last days. The water level is going down very slowly, he notes. The authorities have opened the dams of Grand lac Saint-François and Lake Aylmer for security reasons, we are told. This is what makes the water level drop so quietly. ”
“So we stay flooded as long as the water level and the flow in the basins upstream and downstream have not decreased significantly,” he says. It should drop slowly over the days, since we do not expect precipitation until Friday. ”
The mayor hopes that the water level will drop as soon as possible, to ensure the safety of residents who have to deal with several feet of water on the roads leading to their residence.
“Of course I would like the situation with the dams to be managed differently, because I have as a priority the safety of my citizens,” says Tanguay. There are two to three feet of water on some roads, it is not easy for the owners to go to their property. We remain positive despite everything, the water level should drop quietly over the next few days. “