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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-21-2019, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Gaspé floods and Rte 132

Please find attached pic's of flooding around the Matapedia/Restigouche from various photographers . last pic was taken from the south shore looking across the Matapedia at downtown Matapedia !
Fishing conditions should be akin to 2017 .
Also anyone driving down the 132 this summer be prepared for DELAYS when driving through Trois Pistoles .The idiots have installed traffic lights so that pedestrians can cross at the Fromagerie des Basques ! Already the delays are extensive . Last Thursday the westbound traffic waiting for a green light was about a kilometer long !
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WOW! We're not that bad, yet. The river here is up 3-4 feet. No more ice to deal with but the rain has been relentless. The ground is saturated and the water has no where to go. The forecast looks good for the next few days. Maybe a bit more rain but it's improving.

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C'mon Mother Nature. I arrive June 17. You've got time.

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132 is now open

Rte 132 @ Matapedia is now open , 199 is now flooded again . Camp Melancon survived the ice crush but water levels are rising on the Petite Cascapedia .The bridge on Route de la Rivière /Bonaventure River has had the ice jam removed that endangered the structure .

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There's a lot of us out here that appreciate your roundup of the reports, Brian. I arrive in Gaspe end of May, and was worried that the melt hadn't begun yet, but river levels are shooting up now. I hope the communities and structures suffer minimal impact this time around. There was a real sweet spot in the spring season as the runoff tapered back in 2017 before it got so low.
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Brian, here's the link for Quebec road conditions
Québec 511 - Road Conditions.
The one you need to keep an eye on is the 20 @ Ste Hyacinthe It's one way open and alternating for east/west bound traffic .
The other messy situation is the new and totally un-needed traffic lights in 3 Pistoles .There's massive complaints going into the MTC offices so this might be addressed soon
Along the Restigouche/Matapedia word is that should the indicators prove right the river may not crest for another two (2) weeks !

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I'm not too worried about traffic delays to get around on the peninsula: I would schlep all my gear on my back and WALK there if I had to.
Good old google maps will give me the detours I may need to take when the time comes, which by the way is precisely 872 hours from this moment.......

Detours getting there are okay, I've waited about 8280 hours to get back, so an extra hour on the road is no biggie.

Looking forward to some good spring conditions on the Mata this year.... after my beloved York of course!
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Lots and lots of snow still to melt in the hills, and I wouldn't be surprised if the water stays high well into the 2nd half of May this year even if there isn't a ton of rain.
Let's hope that it comes just right for end of May/early June!
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It did in 2017
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I'm not too worried about traffic delays to get around on the peninsula: I would schlep all my gear on my back and WALK there if I had to.
Good old google maps will give me the detours I may need to take when the time comes, which by the way is precisely 872 hours from this moment.......

Detours getting there are okay, I've waited about 8280 hours to get back, so an extra hour on the road is no biggie.

Looking forward to some good spring conditions on the Mata this year.... after my beloved York of course!
Damn, that's precise calculations !! So that's 903 hrs. till your first fish then

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Lots and lots of snow still to melt in the hills, and I wouldn't be surprised if the water stays high well into the 2nd half of May this year even if there isn't a ton of rain.
Let's hope that it comes just right for end of May/early June!
Troy, I think you might just squeak in for your " special : trip down that way . I hope so 'cause I right behind you
However, methinks your 2019 trout and my 'niche fishing trips are cancelled for this year .

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I won't get out for trout as much as I'd hoped because the ice is going to be late late late coming off the lakes up my way, but I'll still squeeze in a couple of weekends on the still waters in Mid-late May prior to heading out east.
As for the salmon, I'll be out there regardless of water levels 'cause you never know - just gotta keep the fly in the water. I've got from June 1-15 on that river, so I know it will come good at some point.

Looking forward to spring fishing, although I'm not quite to the granular level of counting down the hours yet!
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Local stuff. Took these this A.M. showing how the city is keeping the roads behind Brian F( Concrete Angler) and my chateau's dry and free from flooding.
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Fortunately, I think that you and I both live on high ground within the area. I am 4 meters higher than my Dad's place (just south of Pierrefonds blvd) and in 2017 all his neighbors were flooded, right around him. This year we sandbagged a couple walls, but it hasn't crept up his street yet. Still waiting for that call that will get me out of office work and into some back-breaking emergency work.

Lots of other spots are quite flooded, so I thank God we accidentally ended up on a high-ground section of Pierrefonds north of Gouin blvd.

Besides, a flooded basement would certainly interfere with Salmon season!
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So when are folks going to move out of flood plains? Or is that an impolite question.

I recall while living several years in Sillery, every spring la riviere Chaudiere would flood, folks would scream for assistance and then the hands would go out for financial help.

The Quebec provincial government essentially absorbed much of the risk, perpetuating the problem.

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