Hurricane Fiona hits Iles-de-la-Madeleine


Cédrick Martineau, Journalist

High winds and storm hit Iles-de-la-Madeleine on September 24th. Hurricane Fiona caused a lot of damage on the buildings near the coast.

“Iles-de-la-Madeleine coast will also experience erosion due to the waves” Environment Canada said.

Two Port aux Basques residents were reported to have been swept into the ocean. Spectators also rescued a woman who was swept away, the woman was found in good physical condition.

About twenty-two people were forced to move away from their houses, because of the massive floods.

Prime minister François Legault said that the province is gonna offer financial help to people who have suffered material losses, but he says that the most important thing is that people are safe.

Roads remained closed across the islands, with downed trees, flooding and debris that makes traveling difficult. Residents were asked to reduce their water consumption, because some municipal water pumps are running on generators. “There are many obstacles in the way, there are trees, there are stones, there are debris that have flown away,” deputy mayor Richard Leblanc said.

François Legault said during a briefing in Quebec City that so far there has been no deaths or injuries reported after Fiona has hit Iles-de-la-Madeleine, even after all the damage it has caused on the islands .

Over 82 000 people in Prince Edward Island were without power. Early September 24th about 7 500 people were without power in Iles-de-la-Madeleine and Gaspé, later in the day only 4 100 people were still without electricity.