– 2017 flooding : mitigation solutions for municiaplities

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How can we guard against floods? This question takes a whole other meaning following the major events that occurred in the spring of 2017 all over the province of Quebec. Should we flee these sectors? Is there a way to rethink these zones? How can lessons from elsewhere in the world be used towards the drafting of better floodplain management plans here in Quebec?

Astonishingly, dating back to the 1800s in Louisiana, residences that were used for the sugar cane industry were built to be immunised against flooding from the Mississippi River. These same building, converted into museums today, are still in perfect condition even after multiple floods. It is important to learn from these examples and evaluate the transferability of such concepts.