Que­bec min­is­ter preaches pa­tience over flood­ing

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

MON­TREAL — Que­bec’s pub­lic se­cu­rity min­is­ter asked flood­stricken com­mu­ni­ties to be pa­tient on Tues­day as fore­casts called for more rain this week. Nu­mer­ous Que­bec mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that bor­der streams and rivers are deal­ing with floods as heavy pre­cip­i­ta­tion and mild tem­per­a­tures have caused wa­ter lev­els to rise rapidly. Martin Coi­teux took stock of the sit­u­a­tion in Shaw­ini­gan, Que., about half­way be­tween Mon­treal and Que­bec City. “I un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion, it’s not fun,” Coi­teux said. “But we have to ask cit­i­zens to be a bit pa­tient, be­cause I think the next few days are not go­ing to be days when things are go­ing to im­prove right away.” Heavy rain and spring run-off have also caused some roads to wash away and sink­holes to form across the prov­ince. The 2017 flood­ing doesn’t match records set in 1974, but the sit­u­a­tion re­mains ex­cep­tional and is ex­pected to re­quire close sur­veil­lance for at least an­other week, Coi­teux said.

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