The Saguenay floods of July 1996 were one of Quebec's worst natural disasters. Although this tragedy had negative impacts on human population, infrastructures and material goods, a positive assessment can still be drawn up:

  • The event was well-controlled by the authorities;
  • There were few dramatic and serious consequences;
  • The population was kept well informed, with frankness and in a short delay considering the circumstances;
  • The behaviour of the disaster stricken population was outstanding (comprehension, calm, resourcefulness, dedication, solidarity);

One thing for sure, nobody wants such an event to happen again, but if the Saguenay population had to relive a similar crisis, she knows today that she can now overcome this type of ordeal.