Risk of flooding forces Ste-Anne Farmer's Market to relocate
The Ste-Anne Farmer's Market is being forced to temporarily move its location to a local church instead of its usual waterfront spot on Lalonde Street due to risk of flooding.
With parts of the boardwalk along the canal in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue already submerged under water, event organizer Patti Murphy says she's not taking any chances and moved the event to St. George's Church Hall.
"We spoke with the town yesterday, and we were advised to pull the plug on our grand opening on our waterfront on Saturday," Murphy said.
A large swath of Quebec, including Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and other West Island communities, has been hit with flooding over the last month due to heavy rainfall.
Environment Canada expects more rain over the weekend, which could exceed 30 millimetres in areas north of the St. Lawrence River.
The city is advising residents there is a risk of flooding and has handed out some sandbags to prevent water damage.
The Ste-Anne Farmer's Market has become an anticipated annual tradition in the West Island municipality where customers have access to over 30 vendors selling local produce, artisanal cheeses, and meat.
Market doors open at 9 a.m. and stay open until 2 p.m. this Saturday, May 6.
Motorists will have access to parking on Maple Street and the John Abbott College Campus.