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Saint-Maurice River: Hydro-Québec prepares for a spring flood

The heaviest snowfall Quebec has seen so far is an ominous omen of spring flooding in the Saint-Maurice River basin, in Morrissey, and Hydro-Québec is preparing for it.

With measuring instruments located throughout the Morrissey region, Hydro-Québec notes snow cover that is slightly higher than normal.

However, according to the state-owned company, there is no cause for concern. It seems it’s still a bit early to make reliable predictions. One thing is for sure, the mild weather of the past few days has been a favorable factor for the floods.

“The good news is that in both southern Quebec and Morrissey, the current days are mild, perhaps at times just above 0°C. That means there is a lull of a meltdown settling in. Part of this is part of this,” explained Francis Labe, a spokesman for Hydro-Québec. The snow cover will quietly disappear.

Throughout the week, Crown is holding online information sessions to discuss its future flood management for the Mauricie region as well as Centre-du-Québec, Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean and ‘Outaouais’.

The impact of the snowmelt is still far from being felt in northern Mauritius.

“I’m in town now and when I went down the day before yesterday it was -25C so it hasn’t started melting yet,” said Jean Bordello, who left Gwen Reservoir at the head of the Saint. – Mauritius, where a plant operates.

In the briefings, Hydro-Québec invited climate change professionals from several regions. Furthermore, Hydro is poised to undertake an important initiative on the Saint-Maurice River to deal with climate change.

Thus, the capacity of the drainage channels at the La Trench generating station, 45 kilometers north of La Touque, will increase when the facility is renovated in the coming years, so that we can allow more water to flow if there are exceptional rains.

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