Tuesday 12 December 2017

Floods force 1,900 people from homes in Quebec

Residents use a paddleboat as they bring supplies through flooded streets of the Ile-Mercier district of Ile-Bizard, Quebec (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
Residents use a paddleboat as they bring supplies through flooded streets of the Ile-Mercier district of Ile-Bizard, Quebec (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

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

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

One of the hardest-hit towns is Rigaud, west of Montreal. Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr said evacuation is mandatory in some areas and firefighters will be going door-to-door to make sure people leave their homes.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said three dykes gave way in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough in the north end of the city. Homes have been evacuated in that borough as well as on the two nearby islands, Ile-Bizard and the smaller Ile-Mercier.

Ontario is also being hit by flooding.

Press Association

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