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Minister François Bonnardel was unable to comment on the date on which the evacuees will be able to return to their homes.

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The Minister of Public Security, François Bonnardel, traveled to the region to see the state of the situation.

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“All extraordinary expenses” undertaken by municipalities as part of the evacuation of more than 700 residents along the Kiamika River since Sunday in the Hautes-Laurentides because of a dike that threatens to break will be covered by the government of Quebec.

I want to reassure the mayors who are affected by this evacuation. All extraordinary expenses of these cities will be taken under the umbrella of the Ministry of Public Security, assured the Minister of Public Security, François Bonnardel.

Minister Bonnardel, who traveled to the region to see the state of the situation, made the announcement to the media on Tuesday without providing figures or a possible date for the return of evacuated residents to their homes.

It's impossible to tell people: this morning, you will find your home in four days or five days.

A quote from François Bonnardel, Minister of Public Security

The evacuees are distributed across different hotels and hostels. Some of them are currently staying with friends or relatives.

No return home at the moment. The situation remains worrying, said Martin Ferland, engineer at the General Directorate of Dams of the Ministry of the Environment.

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We give a recommendation to the Ministry of Public Security to remain with the same three municipalities evacuated.

A quote from Martin Ferland, engineer at the General Directorate of Dams, Ministry of the Environment

This area could also be expanded, 11 other municipalities are on alert.

Investigations are continuing, an access road has been built and work will begin at the foot of the dike. If all goes well, the work should begin towards the end of the week or the beginning of next week, assured Mr. Ferland.

The engineer at the General Directorate of Dams added that a new hydrometric station will be set up to have a faster reaction time for monitoring.

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Experts do not know when the Morier dike could give way. This could happen at any time.

Erosion inside the dike is believed to be the cause of the alert which forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents. What we observe are leaks on the downstream side, water leaks which should not exist, and which also include sediments, explained Mélanie Lavoie, geotechnical engineer at the General Directorate of Dams. , who carried out the last inspection of the infrastructure.

The complexity of the situation lies in the fact that this is happening inside the dike. So, it is excessively complicated to know exactly what is happening and why and how, added Ms. Lavoie, taking care not to favor any hypothesis to explain the problem with this dike. p>

The Morier dike was built in 1954. It was the subject of a routine inspection last week by the ministry of the Environment, which sounded the alarm by judging that the risk appeared sufficiently significant to require the evacuation of the population in the targeted sectors.

For any questions regarding evacuation, Urgence Québec invites citizens to call 819 585-3397.

For all For details regarding the alert, visit the government Public Security website. (New window)

With information from The Canadian Press

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