Saguenay, Quebec renews state of emergency for neighborhood at risk of landslide


On Wednesday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault toured the region and met with residents, announcing that the government would increase emergency aid for those affected.

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SAGUENAY, Que. — Authorities in the City of Saguenay, Quebec, have renewed a state of emergency for a neighborhood threatened by another landslide.

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On Wednesday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault toured the region and met with residents, announcing that the government would increase emergency aid for those affected.

He said most of the roughly 200 people who were forced from their homes after a landslide destroyed a house on June 13 could return in two to four months, once the ground stabilizes.

However, he said five houses would be demolished and four others may also need to be demolished.

A Department of Transportation engineer said Wednesday that a record 157 millimeters of rain fell over a period of a month and was the cause of the first landslide in the La Baie district of Saguenay, about 220 kilometers away. north of Quebec.

The province said it would pay up to $375,000 for people whose homes are demolished and provide a daily subsistence allowance of $40 to each evacuee.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 23, 2022.

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