Maps show impact of flooding across Eastern Canada
- Author: Leroy Wright May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 7:14
In total, almost 1,900 homes are flooded in 126 municipalities in the province.
The day before, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accompanied by his two young children, had traveled to the town of Terrasse Vaudreuil west of Montreal to help locals fill sandbags.
The city closed government offices, schools, daycares and service centres on Monday because of the flooding.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre declared a state of emergency on Sunday afternoon, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported.
Homes have been evacuated in that borough as well as on the two nearby islands, Ile-Bizard and the smaller Ile-Mercier.
Torrential rain causes severe flooding across eastern Canada, at least 1,900 homes have been flooded in Quebec.
"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.
The ground is saturated and unable to absorb any more water.
The emergency was declared in Montreal after three dikes gave way in the city's north.
Jean-Francois Perrault (C) and Julie Theriault (L) move mattresses from a home in a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 7, 2017.
James Taylor borrowed his friend's and said he's acting like a water taxi, bringing people around to check on their homes.
"But sometimes we need to protect people from themselves", he added.
An evacuation order has been issued for Fintry Provincial Park on the northwest side of Okanagan Lake, while the River Forecast Centre says a flood watch is up for Mission Creek through East Kelowna and the Salmon River in Falkland, near Vernon.
"That was primarily because we did not have flood risk maps developed for the whole country", Stewart says.
"We're talking about historic levels of water", said Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel.
In a statement on the city's website, Mayor Marc Demers said he had informed Quebec's Minister Martin Coiteux of the declaration, which was necessary due to the threat to residents' safety.
"We're just looking at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to flooding because climate change is going to make the problem much worse in the future".
Quebec Provincial Police spokeswoman Helene Nepton said late Monday that the body of Mike Gagnon, 37, of Saint-Anne-des-Monts, was recovered about 500 metres from where a strong current pulled the vehicle toward the Sainte-Anne River in eastern Quebec on Sunday.
"We are very aware of the situation around the province and monitoring it very, very closely", she said.