Montreal was ill-prepared for spring flooding, city report shows

Outdated flood maps. Emergency vehicles sidelined because they had low floors. No inventory of city equipment and materials. Not enough inspectors to check flooded homes. A 911 system inundated with calls because the city help line went down for four hours.

A city report shows Montreal was ill-prepared for disaster in the spring of 2017, when the island suffered its worst flooding in 40 years. The document, obtained by the Montreal Gazette, is to be made public next week.

The 55-page report, by the Montreal fire department’s civil-security unit, reviewed the city’s response and includes recommendations on how to improve emergency readiness.

The flooding began in early May when the previous winter’s heavier-than-usual snowfall started melting due to warm weather and heavy rain, raising water levels around Montreal and other parts of Quebec.

Then-mayor Denis Coderre declared a…

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