Canada: With floods on the rise in Quebec, group looks to better prepare communities
In the spring of 2017, hundreds of homes in Montreal's West Island were damaged by high waters. Just two weeks ago, Drummondville, Que., issued a flood warning that, though it didn't amount to a major disaster, sparked concern for those living along the Saint-François River.
Experts say the problem is only going to get worse as climate change continues to take its toll.
Now, a new group will bring together 16 universities and some 120 researchers — people that are working on improving flood maps and strategies while ensuring that information is more accessible to the public.
The new group is called Réseau Inondations intersectoriel du Québec or the inter-sectoral flood research network. It has funding from the Quebec Research Fund.
The goal of the new network, [Suzanne King, psychiatry professor at McGill University] said, is to bring experts, pool their knowledge and then create some kind of a tool such as a website that people can go to "create a more resilient Quebec."