The story of a grandson who tried valiantly but failed to save his grandmother’s home from the floods


Raymond Stelmashuk says for the past few days, the city has been dumping piles of sand two kilometres away from his grandmother’s home, asking residents to fill and move their own bags.

“I made and moved 600 bags, between 600 and 650 bags,” he says, standing on the flooded streets of the western tip of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, a hard-hit borough in Montreal’s West Island.

As he looks at the flooded home his late grandfather built from a one-season fishing shack, Stelmashuk starts to cry.

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