Over 2500 Quebec Residences Flooded, Risk of More to Come

Over 2500 Quebec Residences Flooded, Risk of More to Come

Rapidly melting snow caused bodies of water to swell throughout Quebec, Canada, flooding almost 3,000 homes in the province, officials said Monday. "But we have to be clearheaded, and if its necessary to force people to move, we'll do it".

A vehicle crosses a flooded street in Laval, Canada, on April 21, 2019, as the authorities remain on high alert in expectation of more surges of water across southern Quebec. He said citizens in threatened areas need to protect their homes with sandbags that have either been delivered or are available for pickup at distribution centers.

"We're in a 100 year flood zone, and in three years, we've been hit two times", Girard said.

Over 1,220 people were evacuated, 2,341 residences were flooded and 706 homes were isolated by floodwaters in several communities throughout the Canadian province including Outaouais, Estrie, Centre-du-Quebec and Laval as the spring snowmelt and rain caused rivers to overflow in the areas, Urgence Quebec reported.

Numerous flood-affected homes lie in communities south of Quebec City; at least half of the flooded-in properties are in Sainte-Marie, CBC News reported. As of midday Sunday, about 1,000 homes had been affected by the flooding in Quebec. "But we give them enough resources to leave with dignity".

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Public affairs officer Pierre Leblanc said the army's priority in the Laval area would be filling and stacking sandbags and protecting critical infrastructure near the river, which he said was rising about one centimetre each hour.

Hundreds of Canadian troops have been deployed to Quebec and New Brunswick to help with flood relief.

Spring flooding has killed one person and forced almost 1,700 people from their homes in Canada's Quebec province, with waters expected to continue rising on Monday due to rising temperatures and more rain forecast for the coming days.

Fifteen communities in that province have been warned to remain on high alert.

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