Flood zone mapping – Many citizens left in limbo

The new flood zone maps, scheduled for 2025, are causing concern among several mayors in the province. These maps could triple the number of homes in flood zones, increasing from 22,000 to 77,000. François Robillard, mayor of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, and Sonia Fontaine, mayor of Pointe-Calumet, express their worries about the uncertainty for citizens and the potential decrease in property values.

Environment Minister Benoit Charette announced that these maps will be based on scientific knowledge to predict the effects of climate change. Although the maps have not yet been published, it is estimated that 2% of Quebec’s homes could be affected. This update is considered a major measure in adapting to climate change.

Despite the anger of some mayors, a 90-day consultation period is planned, allowing citizens and municipalities to participate in the process.

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