Two different teams are keeping a close watch over the high water levels in the Mille Iles and des Prairie rivers at this time of year.
“We can predict the levels of water two or three days ahead of time,” says Sophie Latreille, a water level forecaster from Hydro Météo. “Right now, the level of water is very high everywhere and the snow is melting. With the rain too, some sectors could suffer minor flooding.”
The City of Laval pays Lateille’s team to monitor measuring stations across the city to help them predict flooding. They know that even minor flooding is likely to touch St. Dorothy. The sector next to the Arthur Sauvé Bridge is also at risk.
“I am a specialist in how the river bed will be affected, but I can’t tell you which streets will flood or what needs to be done to inform the public,” said Latreille. “We send out bulletins about what’s happening to all our clients, including the City of Laval. They decide what to do from then.”
Last Sunday, Hydro Météo sent the city a bulletin informing them of water levels at six o’clock in the morning. A second went out later that day. Laval’s emergency response team goes on high alert when necessary. Their concern begins the moment rain falls, and then increases for two or three days as water levels reach their peak.
This season is tough on everyone, but Latreille says there is one consolation that isn’t always true.
“At least all the ice has melted already.”