Expansion of Québec’s flood plain

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Following the floods of 2017 and 2019, the Government of Québec has expanded the floodplain zone in L’Isle-aux-Allumettes. In doing so, it has included the entire shoreline area with a significantly expanded setback, which includes a large area that is not subject to flooding due to the elevation above the Ottawa River.

Following the floods of 2017 and 2019, the Government of Québec has expanded the floodplain zone in L’Isle-aux-Allumettes. In doing so, it has included the entire shoreline area with a significantly expanded setback, which includes a large area that is not subject to flooding due to the elevation above the Ottawa River. New construction and renovations will be prohibited in this zone; it will be difficult or even impossible to obtain insurance, which in turn, will make it impossible to obtain a mortgage and to sell.
As a result, the value of these properties will be decimated, destroying the region’s tax base and crippling local government. This is an arbitrary action with no purpose as it affects high and dry properties outside of the longstanding flood zone.
Will the province reverse this poorly thought out action, or does it intend to fully compensate all property owners for the lost value of their properties?

Richard Stead
L’ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES