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Quebec public security orders immediate evacuation of Chute-Bell dam

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DH Montreal Staff Apr 25, 2019 1:52 pm

Quebec public security is warning citizens that the hydroelectric dam, Chute-Bell, along the Rouge River in the Laurentians region of the province, is at imminent risk of failure.

The ministry is advising anyone along the river from the dam to evacuate the area immediately and stay away from valleys, rivers, and streams.

The warning says the dam could burst as a result of major flooding.

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The dam is located roughly 25 kilometres northwest of Grenville, Quebec and 30 kilometres from Hawkesbury, Ontario.

Sécurité publique Quebec

The alert, which was issued at 3:30 pm on Thursday, is in effect for the Grenville-sur-la-Rouge area near Highway 50 and 148.

Residents between the Chute-Bell dam and the Outaouais River are asked to leave the area immediately

“Follow the instructions of the local authorities,” warns the alert.

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