Hard day after in Cap-Rouge

Hard aftermath in Cap-Rouge


It was time to clean up in the Cap-Rouge area yesterday after a short, violent storm that uprooted trees, tore roofs and shattered windows the day before.

“You could see the wall of rain moving forward quietly and when it hit us it picked it all up. My friend has lived here for 22 years and she has never seen this,” says Martin Lessard, who lives with her on Chemin de la Plage-Jacques-Cartier.

The door frame of his house was blown down by the force of the wind, letting a volley of debris and water inside, and the glass railings of his balcony were torn off.  

Yesterday morning, like many of his neighbours, he got down to repairing the worst of the damage, praying for his insurance to compensate him. 

“We had to bring the customers in because of the objects that were flying everywhere. Today, the parking lot looks like a real construction site, ”said Jean-François Bélanger, owner of the La Peltrie snack bar, whom he met while cleaning up what he could. 'a pressure machine. 

A persistent breakdown

At the worst of the storm, more than 8,600 people were without power in the Quebec City area, said Hydro-Quebec spokesman Pierre-Yves Renaud. The vast majority of these breakdowns were caused by branches or wires that clashed due to the winds.

Remember that dozens of mature trees, sometimes almost a hundred years old, were uprooted or even cut down . Teams specialized in forestry were also working to collect the thousand and one trees broken in the street, in the morning.

Despite everything, a hundred homes were still plunged into darkness 12 hours after the beginning of the storm.

“The cost of living is already quite high these days and there I risk losing everything I have in my freezer”, plague Raymond Boucher, who lives a few streets from the most affected area.

Significant damage 

The highly targeted storm cell that wreaked all this havoc dragged 80 km/h gusts and some 20 mm of rain, d 'according to Simon Legault, Environment Canada meteorologist.  

In comparison, the storm that hit Quebec City last May, which notably tore away the roof of a building in Limoilou, reached peaks at 100 km/h.  

However, in Saint-Félix and France-Roy streets, as well as on Chemin de la Plage-Jacques-Cartier, the damage to the flora seems to have been more important. Not to mention the boats that were overturned and the quay planks that flew away

“It could be explained by the river, which allows the force of the winds to be concentrated, because there is no no obstacle to slow down the gusts,” concludes Mr. Legault.