Eastern Quebec rolls up its sleeves

“At the moment, the Islands are in cleaning mode: the tides have propelled algae and two-meter-thick sand seabeds along the coast. Large piles of rocks will also have to be removed, ”says Patrick De Bellefeuille, a MétéoMédia reporter, on the ground at Anse-Aubert. On Sunday morning, he saw the damage left by Fiona.

One church lost its roof, blown off by gusts, he reports. The same for several houses under construction. The Madelinot were also instructed to limit their consumption of drinking water, in order to limit the demands on the aqueduct network.

One thing is certain, the Madelinots have not lost their joie de vivre… nor their sense of humour. “There are instructions asking people to stay home. But everyone comes out to take pictures! »

Weather most critical phase seems to have passed, the various municipalities in eastern Quebec are working to ensure the safety of their citizens and the operation of essential infrastructure.

A first portrait of the situation.

The representatives of the municipality of Îles-de-la-Madeleine, in particular, took stock of the issue, earlier in the day on Saturday. So far no injuries or deaths have been reported in the archipelago, fortunately. According to data available at the time of his press conference, the Canadian Red Cross took care of 22 victims, residents of a youth hostel, and relocated them to the arena.

Prime Minister François Legault confirmed that the Quebec government will compensate residents who have suffered significant material losses. Quebec’s Minister of Public Safety and Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault will travel to the Magdalena Islands on Sunday to see the extent of the damage and estimate its cost.

In terms of infrastructure, Hydro-Québec teams quickly restored power: at the time of writing, only 4% of the archipelago’s residents were without power.


The rocks used to protect the banks ended up in the road network following Fiona’s Pass. Backhoes had to be used to clear the tracks. Photo: Patrice Beriault

SEE ALSO: Fiona: the strongest storm ever recorded in Canada

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