Richard Decoste, left, and Claude Gagnon ride in the bucket of a tractor on Filion St. in Lachute, west of Montreal Friday April 26, 2019.
John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette
Here are some of the top stories on the Gazette site today.FloodingRising waters threatening Montreal’s north shore has prompted mayor Valérie Plante to declare a state of emergency. The fire department isn’t forcing evacuations yet and only 11 people have left their homes since the floods began a week ago. But fire chief Bruno Lachance warned that things could change in a flash.How are our dams?The forced evacuation of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge Thursday over fears the Bell Falls dam could rupture brought to mind troubling images of the Saguenay flooding of 1996 that caused eight Quebec dams to breach, and inflicted heavy damage on 19 more. The total cost of houses, businesses, roads and infrastructure destroyed amounted to more than $1.5 billion.Rock Machine boss wants help to get off drugsA man alleged to be a leader in the Rock Machine said he wants out of the biker gang and figures his only way out is to undergo therapy for his addiction to heroin. Mario Dubé, 52, tried to convince Quebec Court Judge Pierre Labelle of Friday to release him to a Montreal drug rehabilitation centre while he remains charged possessing a firearm and selling drugs out of an apartment in Pointe-aux-Trembles.Bissonnette a terrorist?The father of the man who murdered six people as they prayed at a mosque in Quebec City two years ago has written an open letter to prime minister Justin Trudeau asking him to stop describing his son’s actions as a “terrorist attack”. The letter, written in English and French and signed by Raymond Bissonnette, says Trudeau placed the safety of his family at risk by referring to Alexandre Bissonnette’s actions as “terrorist attack” the day after he shot six people to death and seriously wounded six others.VladmasThe much-hyped debut of Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., son of the former Expos star, finally happened Friday night as the Jays faced the Oakland Athletics in Toronto. Guerrero’s double in the ninth inning helped the team to a 4-2 victory. There is a feeling around the Blue Jays of optimism and excitement — a feeling that’s different from anything that’s been around here in the past. This was the first day for the Toronto New Jays — contender now in waiting.Jordan Weal re-signedA day after inking Nate Thompson, the Canadiens and Jordan Weal agreed to terms on a two-year, one-way contract Friday with an average annual value of US$1.4 million.Diving silverCanadians Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu left Friday’s Diving World Series event with a little extra confidence. Montreal’s Abel and Citrini-Beaulieu of St-Constant, Que., rose from sixth place after their second dive to finish with silver in the women’s three-metre synchronized event.