Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

City of Montreal declares state of emergency from flooding


Canada's national capital region has also seen severe flooding, with high water levels in the Ottawa and Rideau rivers.

The Ministry of Public Safety said waters were expected to crest sometime Monday in Quebec province.

"What's encouraging is that the water levels will stop climbing", Coiteux told a news conference.

Authorities said almost 1,900 homes have been flooded across 126 towns and cities and some 1,200 troops have reportedly been deployed to help evacuate people.

Authorities are still searching for a two-year-old girl who disappeared in the same incident.

More than 130 communities in the province have been hit by flooding, with some 700 people forced to abandon their homes, but rainfall advisories have been lifted for Montreal and Toronto early Saturday.

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"We are now entering a period of falling water levels", he said, but warned that this did not mean flooded areas would be easily accessible again even in the coming days.

Goodale said federal and provincial officials would negotiate which level of government will pick up what costs once the final bill is tallied.

As of Sunday afternoon, more than 30 residents had been evacuated due to the flooding as the Des Prairies and Mille IIes rivers have swollen their banks.

On the Atlantic coast, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization warned residents to remain on alert until Monday, saying water levels are near or above flood stage in many regions and expected to rise.

The search included swift water technicians and dog teams, Corporal Dan Moskaluk said in a news release. "I can understand the anxiety, the angst people feel right now".

"I'm feeling sad, you know".

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Jean-Francois Blais, who lives in central Quebec and had also been affected by the floods, called for more government help.

Coiteux announced that the Quebec government is contributing $500,000 to the fund and will cover all the administrative fees.

"Most interesting for me is to hear from the civilian authorities, as I met them in Montreal and now Rigaud, to get a sense of the response, how much more work to be done, do we need to reinforce at all", Vance said.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said about 220 people had been moved from their homes.

Resident David Swidzinsky has been ferrying neighbors to safety, or back to their homes to collect precious belongings that had been missed in the rush to get out when a state of emergency was declared.

Everybody has a place to go and has food and Transport Minister Laurent Lessard couldn't say when the Galipeault Bridge, which connects Montreal Island with Ile Perrot, will reopen.

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"We've been abandoned", he said.

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