Quebec announces new measures for flooding victims who feel forgotten
In this file photo, residents use a canoe as they bring supplies through flooded streets of the Ile-Mercier district of Ile-Bizard, Que. Friday, May 5,2017 . (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Ryan Remiorz)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, September 12, 2017 3:01PM EDT
MONTREAL - Quebec's public security minister says new measures to assist flood victims who feel they've been abandoned by the province will help them cut through the bureaucracy.
Martin Coiteux was in Montreal today to announce that personalized meeting days will be held with affected residents, allowing them to meet directly with municipal and provincial representatives to deal with their cases.
Several dozen people attended a rally on Montreal's West Island on Sunday to protest the government's response to the spring floods this past spring.
Many said they haven't received any financial assistance and are having trouble getting information on the status of their files.
Coiteux, who is also municipal affairs minister, says the extent of the disaster left resources at all levels overwhelmed.
He says agreements will be concluded with the Red Cross to help people requiring temporary housing.