Quebec minister preaches patience over flooding
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.