City of Montreal declares state of emergency from flooding

City of Montreal declares state of emergency from flooding

Sunday afternoon the state of emergency has been declared because of the torrential rains and melted snow.

The has military raced to sandbag homes, and schools and official buildings have been closed in some areas as the province continued to grapple with the disaster.

"Quebec and Ontario asked for military support and we're happy to give it and of course the federal government will assume all the costs related to support for Quebec and Ontario in these floods".

Bardsley said that approximately 2,800 residents had voluntarily left their homes and there had been mandatory evacuations in the Quebec Municipalities of Pontiac, Rigaud and Montreal.

"We're in for a number of weeks in which we will have particular problems we will have to face all together", Canadian Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux told the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

"If we're asking them to leave their homes, don't worry, we'll be there to protect your property".

"We're in a phase of slow receding", said Couillard.

Floodwaters in the province were expected to peak on Monday due to continuing rain.

The Canadian army has deployed 1,650 troops to help stem the flooding, reinforcing dikes, protecting critical infrastructure including water treatment facilities and bridges. "But I know it's hard".

The worst is yet to come, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard warned on Saturday.

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Flood levels in the Ottawa River are stabilising in the region though it will take several days for the water to recede to normal levels, despite light snowfall on Monday morning. "We're talking about historic levels of water".

Number of homes that have been flooded in 130 towns and cities.

At least 170 homes have already been evacuated and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre urged residents to comply with evacuation orders.

Montreal's agglomeration council voted Tuesday to extend the state of emergency in the city by five days.

Some federal employees were being advised not to go to work Monday because of the flooding.

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.

"It's above flood stage in several areas from Fredericton down south", said Robert Duguay, a spokesman with the province's emergency measures organization.

Hydro Méteo reported that while the Outaouais, Laurentians and Montreal area would see slight increases in water levels Monday, "the beginning of stabilization is expected today".

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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