Residences and camping threatened by erosion of the banks in Montmagny

“We are experiencing climate change,” deplores the mayor of Montmagny, observing the waves of the St. Lawrence River increasingly chipping away at the shores of the territory. Bernard Boulet made it one of the priority issues in Monday’s federal election.

The Pointe aux Oies campsite in Montmagny has been hit hard by the erosion of the banks. About 17 meters of land has disappeared over the past five years.

We are experiencing something quite terrible. The environment is important to us. We are losing a campsite , says Bernard Boulet.

There is practically no more vegetation on the flats. The ground which slanted quietly towards the river, it is only ten years ago, turned into a cliff.

Camping was different before. We had trees down there. Enough that people who arrived here said: “You have a beautiful river, but we hardly see it” , relates the general manager of the campsite, Raymond Gaudreau. Now all the trees are gone. There is also a row of pitches that is gone , he adds.

Climate change causes a rise in mean sea level, a reduction in periods of winter freezing and an increase in the frequency of storms, mildews and winter rains. These phenomena all have the effect of accelerating the erosion of the banks.

With each strong easterly wind, we see pancakes tumbling down. It eats away from above and it tumbles. Before, we didn’t have that in the summer. We had that fall and spring.A quote from:Raymond Gaudreau, general manager of Camping de la Pointe-aux-Oies

Threatened residences

The crumbling of the point has consequences for residents a few hundred meters to the west. Nothing is now slowing down the waves heading straight for their homes.

Guy Thibault bought his property in 1985. At the time, he had no idea that the river that had charmed him would one day threaten his house.

A study commissioned by the City estimated the stabilization of the banks in the Pointe-aux-Oies sector at more than $ 2 million. He deplores that Ottawa seems for the moment to be trading the ball with Quebec.

The bottom of the river belongs to Quebec. The top belongs to the federal government. The banks belong to us. So, the waves that hit us, I don’t know if they originate from the federal government and it’s the wind that pushes them?A quote from:Bernard Boulet, mayor of Montmagny

One thing is certain: time is running out, while the general manager of the Pointe-aux-Oies campsite is already thinking of moving the fence on his land and removing new spaces that threaten to collapse in their turn.

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