Floods drive nearly 1900 from homes in Canada's Quebec

Trevor Jackson
May 10, 2017

The state of emergency, which was declared after three dikes gave way in Montreal's Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough, will remain in place for 48 hours.

Premier Philippe Couillard, who attended the Montreal news conference, said he understands the frustration many people are feeling.

A Concordia University professor and climatologist said the combination of the record rainfall, melting snow, and global warming is what led to the extreme flooding.

"It will get better, because it can't get any worse", he said.

His men, all from the Montreal area, took over from a regular forces unit Sunday morning and "couldn't wait to get their hands dirty and feet wet", Lavoie said.

Although Coiteux applauded the news that more help is on its way, he also had a sobering message for those affected by rising water levels in more than 130 towns and cities across the province.

"In every municipality, they have housing facilities and we are working with the Red Cross everywhere", he said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited a flood-affected area in Terrasse-Vaudreuil, just west of Montreal.

Quebec's national assembly did not sit Tuesday so that members could stay in their respective ridings an extra day, while Montreal's agglomeration council voted to extend the state of emergency in the area by five days.

"I strongly urge residents of le Mercier and other residents whose safety can not be ensured by emergency services to comply with the evacuation order", he said.

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The water level on Lake of Two Mountains has increased by one metre because of the amount of water in the rivers this spring, said David Heurtel, Quebec's Environment Minister.

Flooding caused by unusually persistent rain has driven almost 1,900 people from their homes in 126 municipalities in the Canadian province of Quebec.

The situation in Ontario seems to be "generally stabilizing", although there are many unstable local circumstances, he said.

"I know it tests their patience", he added.

Police with dog teams and swift-water technicians were searching for Clayton Cassidy, 59, the fire chief of the village of Cache Creek, who went missing Friday while checking water levels.

"We have what we call 100-year floods and 1,000-year floods", said St-Jacques.

"Even shallow, fast-moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle or a person away", it said.

A 30-something man and a 2-year-old child are still missing after being swept away by a flooded river.

In the interior of west coast British Columbia, rains there have caused mudslides, extensive damage, and evacuations of some residences especially around the Okanagan region.

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