Floods Chase Hundreds From Homes in Quebec

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The provinces of Ontario and Quebec have been dealing with the fallout of heavy spring rainfall this week, and local authorities advised the residents of some communities to evacuate their homes.

Environment Canada has posted special weather statements for most of Nova Scotia, warning of 50 to 100 millimetres of rain through the weekend while southwestern New Brunswick can expect around 50 millimetres of rain and northwestern areas may receive 20 to 30 millimetres.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised that the federal government will provide aid where needed and that includes the federal Canadian Armed Forces troops that have spread out in Quebec.

The city, downriver from the north country, is where all the water ends up.

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It may be a while before the water levels subside, with Environment Canada calling for heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday in several regions of Quebec.

The province of Quebec has called in the military to help with extreme flooding conditions and 400 soldiers fanned out to various areas, Saturday.

In the nation's capital, Ottawa, 15 to 25 mm of rain was expected.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Thursday that 132 municipalities and some 1,400 residences are affected by or threatened by rising waters. A state of emergency was declared in the town of Clarence-Rockland, east of Ottawa, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation televised images of flooded roads and people trying to make their way by canoe. Those door-to-door visits were continuing on Ile-Bizard Friday morning, although city officials stressed that thus far, all evacuations were being undertaken on a voluntary basis.

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