Prevent future flooding

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My cottage is located several miles upstream from Chutes Coulonge (mile 10, Jim’s Lake Road). It’s about 15 feet higher than the river and the highest the river has ever come in the spring is about half way up the river bank. 

My cottage is located several miles upstream from Chutes Coulonge (mile 10, Jim’s Lake Road). It’s about 15 feet higher than the river and the highest the river has ever come in the spring is about half way up the river bank. 
In the summer of 2018, I noticed the river levels remained high and didn’t go down to half its width as it normally does. Even in the fall, it remained high and I remember thinking, “if it’s this high at this time of year, what will it be like next spring?” We all saw what happened. We’ve been here 43 years and have never seen water that high in the fall.
Blame for the flooding has been placed on many causes, but it’s not certain whether it was a combination of factors resulting in “a perfect flood.” What should we do when we notice high summer and fall waters that could be possible predictors of the future: advise Environment Québec or our municipalities?
We need to know more about the industries operating dams on the Coulonge River’s tributaries, as mentioned in W. Laporte’s letter in the June 5 edition. Owners of waterfront property are subject to severe restrictions on what they can do in the way of filling, etc. Are restrictions only applied to the public and not the companies who can influence the course of rivers and amount of water in them?

Gail Mathias
MANSFIELD