Que­be­cers brac­ing for more flood­ing

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

MON­TREAL — Wa­ter lev­els in Que­bec re­mained rel­a­tively sta­ble on Thurs­day as many peo­ple braced for heavy rain that is ex­pected to fall over the next few days. While most of the se­ri­ous flood­ing has oc­curred in and around Mon­treal and near the On­tario bor­der, ar­eas in eastern Que­bec were pre­par­ing to be hit hard by a com­bi­na­tion of melt­ing snow and more pre­cip­i­ta­tion. Premier Philippe Couil­lard said 132 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and 1,400 res­i­dences have ei­ther been af­fected or are threat­ened by the flood­ing. “We know that wa­ter lev­els won’t drop in the next few days,’’ Couil­lard told a meet­ing of provincewide mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials.

“They will likely stay high or even get higher after the rain we’re go­ing to get.’’ Couil­lard said ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble will be done to help peo­ple who are in dan­ger zones.

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