Rue Ethel during the devastating flood in 1904
The 1904 Flood

Of all the floods that Verdun has known in its history, the biggest one was unquestionably on April 10, 1904: During the month of April of that year, the water rose to a record level and the dike was not sufficient to block the flood. The basements in all Verdun homes were flooded with water. In fact, 90% of the homes became uninhabitable on the ground floor. The residents had to take refuge on the upper floor. The only means of transportation in Verdun at that time was by rowboat, canoe or raft. Damage was estimated at a quarter of a million dollars. The Verdun dike was subsequently raised and reinforced, putting an end to spring thaw flooding in Verdun...