Flood fight­ing con­tin­ues across Canada

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

Thou­sands of Cana­di­ans across the coun­try are spend­ing the week­end in a des­per­ate strug­gle with ris­ing flood­wa­ters caused by un­usu­ally per­sis­tent rain­fall.

On Sun­day, Mon­treal be­came the lat­est city in Que­bec to de­clare a state of emer­gency af­ter three dikes gave way in the Pier­re­fonds-Roxboro bor­ough, in the north end of the city by the Rivieres des Prairies. Mon­treal Mayor De­nis Coderre said homes have been evac­u­ated in that bor­ough as well as on two nearby is­lands.

He said of­fi­cials were pre­pared to re­move peo­ple from their homes if they re­fused to evac­u­ate.

“I un­der­stand that morally or psy­cho­log­i­cally, phys­i­cally, men­tally, peo­ple are very, very tried. We’re talk­ing 24 hours in a row of peo­ple help­ing each other,’’ Coderre told re­porters. “But some­times we need to pro­tect peo­ple from them­selves.’’

Nearly 1,900 homes have been flooded in 126 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the prov­ince.

Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Ralph Goodale said that the mil­i­tary re­sponse to flood­ing in Que­bec is likely to bal­loon.

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