Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Several Quebec communities coping with flooding

The Canadian military will deploy about 1,200 troops to help deal with the flooding, CBC reported.

Water levels are expected to continue to rise until Thursday, however Environment Canada is predicting heavy rains in many regions of Quebec for Friday and Saturday.

"The water will continue rising over the next two or three days", he said after visiting the town of Rigaud, east of Montreal, which has been flooded for more than a week.

The Quebec government said Canadian Forces personnel had been enlisted to battle the flood waters, but there was no word on how many soldiers would be involved, or when they'd arrive. Officers are continuing to search for the missing pair.

The city of Montreal declared a state of emergency on Sunday afternoon as floodwaters spread from torrential rains that have lashed the city since early on Friday, causing the worst flooding in decades, city officials said.

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Mayor Denis Coderre said about 220 residents had been evacuated and that officials were prepared to remove any people who ignored evacuation orders.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited a flood-affected area in Terrasse-Vaudreuil, just west of Montreal on Sunday where he talked to tired, anxious residents and was photographed filling a sandbag.

In Gatineau, Que., near the border with Ontario, 380 residences were evacuated, and some federal employees were advised not to go to work on Monday because of the flooding.

National Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told CTV Sunday that 450 troops are on the ground across the province and that number is increasing.

The forecast, meantime, calls for up to 100 millimetres of rain this weekend in southwestern New Brunswick and between 25 and 50 millimetres in western Nova Scotia and parts of Labrador.

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