Published: Sat, April 27, 2019
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Warm temperatures and rapidly melting snow cause flooding in Quebec

Warm temperatures and rapidly melting snow cause flooding in Quebec

He also suggested that Quebecers whose homes are repeatedly flooded may eventually be forced to move.

Montreal issued a tweet warning of significant rainfall over the next 48 hours that will increase water flows and levels, and said citizens in flood zones should prepare themselves.

But the positive words didn't lessen the anxiety for homeowners Anna Lin and Eddy Girard, who on Sunday afternoon watched the river rushing along the edge of their lawn on Ile Bigras.

Now, they're anxious it won't be enough. "We have to look to the future". The house next to theirs was demolished and the one next to that is still under construction.

"There will doubtless be more flooding to come", Quebec Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault told reporters in Yamachiche, about 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

"We can not [offer] every year compensation to solve problems, but only on a temporary basis", he said.

Warming weather over the Easter weekend has brought spring floods due to heavy rains and snowmelt from Ontario to southern Quebec and New Brunswick.

About 200 soldiers started filling sandbags and carrying out evacuations in Quebec's Outaouais and Mauricie regions overnight, and by Sunday afternoon about 600 were on the job across the province.

The flooding has so far affected more than 4,000 properties across Quebec, according to the Urgence Quebec website, including homes in the Montreal suburb of Laval and Gatineau, part of the Ottawa capital region.

The City of Gatineau, just across the provincial border from Ottawa, tweeted on April 22 that river levels in the area continue to rise, and that anyone evacuating their residence must register with the city by calling 311.

The federal government said it is providing disaster response to Quebec, including hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces already deployed to help with sandbagging and other efforts.

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