The 1996 Saguenay Flood event and its impacts

  • Michel TremblayEmail author
  • Christian Guillaud
Original Paper


Major natural disasters have different impacts on our lives. There are the direct consequences of the event, but when the situation is under control and the damages under repair, it is time to review what we can improve to minimize the consequences of a future event. The present paper reviews the direct consequences of a natural flood that occurred in the province of Quebec and its impact on our approach to evaluate the risk of such an event and minimize the risks in the future. The paper is divided into two parts. The first part is an overview of the 1996 Saguenay Flood caused by a three-day intense rainstorm over the Saguenay and North Shore areas in Quebec, including a description of the area, the characteristics of this event and the main direct consequences of the flood, particularly on the reservoirs located in this area. The second part is a short discussion about the impact of this particular event on the legislative framework in the province of Quebec and on the dam safety aspect in Canada.


1996 Saguenay Flood Rivers Dams Consequences Commission Nicolet 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lead HydrotechnicalSNC-LavalinMontrealCanada

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