As some Rigaud residents were assessing damage from another devastating Spring flood, Robert Bergeron and his wife were doing yard work at their waterfront home.
“There was no damage at all on the property,” Bergeron told Global News.
Bergeron said the 2017 floods caused about $150,000 worth of damage to his house. The entire basement, living room and kitchen were among the sections destroyed.
“It was like a war zone. All the walls were stripped, no more furniture, the floor was ripped up,” Bergeron recounted.
This year, his home was again surrounded by water, but also by a big yellow barrier called the Water-Gate.
It cost him $43,000, and he says it was worth every penny.
“The Water-Gate did the job,” he said.
On Thursday, MegaSecur, the Quebec company that manufactures it, came to clean it up for Bergeron. The polymer canvas barrier was flat because it’s inflated by the water itself.
“Basically, it’s the water coming out of the river — or whatever it comes from — that goes into the barriers,” said Stephane Turcotte, a Water-Gate sales representative for MegaSecur. He said the company has sold the barriers all over the world, including in Dubai, Australia and New Zealand.