Coronavirus and Flood Waters: Update as of April 3rd
The next municipal council meeting will be held on Monday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. As usual, it will be webcast. Councillors, the City Manager and the Clerk will conduct the meeting via videoconference. Citizens may send questions by e-mail to email@example.com by 2 p.m. Monday. In addition, a telephone number will appear on the screen for people who would like to speak about the minor variances, the only time they can speak during the session. The agenda can be found here (In French).
In this time of confinement, everyone is happy to get some fresh air and meet people on the street. However, we remind you to respect social distancing instructions with municipal employees, contractors and other residents. Our health is at stake for all of us!
Emergency assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises
The Government of Quebec has announced the implementation of a new assistance program to support small and medium-sized businesses affected by the impacts of COVID- 19. The amount for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region will be close to $1.4 million. This program will be entrusted to Développement (DEV) Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the MRC's economic development agent. It is an interesting complement to the efforts of the MRC and DEV, which announced a $400,000 V-19 assistance program earlier this week. Business owners are invited to follow DEV's website for full details.
Exo informs us that the details concerning the steps to be taken to obtain the ARTM refund will be communicated by email to subscribers in the coming days.
The City will decide by May 1st whether or not the spring swim session is postponed. You will be informed of developments at that time. However, you can choose to get a full refund by filling out this form (In French).
A supportive community in comfort mode
On good weather days, starting Saturday afternoon, April 4, a multimedia truck will crisscross the city streets to brighten up your days and show the solidarity of the citizens of Vaudreuil-Dorion. The truck will also stop in front of the seniors' residences. We invite you to take a picture of yourself with your rainbow, in disguise or during an activity you do at home to pass the time... It's your choice! Your photos will then be displayed on the truck that will travel the streets of Vaudreuil-Dorion. Send your photos to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While many of you are teleworking at home, the Fire Department asks that you pay attention to electrical connections for your temporary offices at home and use power bars with circuit breakers. In addition, it is not recommended that you mix cleaning products to produce homemade disinfectants.
Reminder of Quebec government directives
- Unless necessary, avoid travel. Stay at home, especially if you are 70 years of age or older. Your health, but also that of your loved ones, is at stake.
- Make sure you maintain a minimum distance of one to two metres from others.
- Avoid gatherings, both indoors and outdoors.
- Wash your hands regularly with warm water for 20 seconds.
- If you have symptoms of coronavirus (cough, fever, difficulty breathing), call 450 644-4545 or 514 644-4545.
The members of the Organisation municipale de sécurité civile (OMSC) discuss measures related to the health crisis on a daily basis. Flood waters are also one of the priority topics of discussion. The water level is recorded every day. The OMSC is also in contact with the Sécurité civile. The situation is monitored very closely. Although the water level may seem high in some places, for the moment there is no cause for concern.
In fact, several OMSC members attended an International Joint Commission (IJC) St. Lawrence River Management web conference this morning, during which we received confirmation that the current high levels we can see on Lake of Two Mountains are the result of the significant flow from the St. Lawrence River, fed by Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario experienced record high levels in 2019, so the IJC is making sure to lower the lake level as far as possible before the Ottawa River basin floods.
The basin that feeds the St. Lawrence River, unlike the basin that feeds the Ottawa River, is largely controlled by human infrastructure. The IJC is in constant communication with the Ottawa River Planning and Regulation Board to ensure that their actions are coordinated. In addition, the IJC informed us this morning that the reservoirs in the Ottawa River basin are relatively empty and ready to receive floodwaters, and that the snow cover in the Ottawa River basin is within the usual average. The IJC is expected to put this conference online next Monday. We will share it on the City's website.
Rest assured that we are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared to respond quickly if the situation changes, despite the current pandemic.