Flood sit­u­a­tion im­prov­ing grad­u­ally: min­is­ter

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

Flood lev­els are grad­u­ally drop­ping in Que­bec, par­tic­u­larly in the western part of the province, Public Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Martin Coi­teux said Tues­day.

But Coi­teux said Que­be­cers must be re­al­is­tic and re­al­ize things will not re­turn to nor­mal for some­time.

“We have to be pa­tient,” he told a news con­fer­ence. “The sit­u­a­tion won’t im­prove overnight. It will hap­pen on a very grad­ual ba­sis. We have ma­jor flooding in sev­eral ar­eas and, grad­u­ally, the floods will be­come av­er­age and then mi­nor.

“We are headed to­ward a drop in the wa­ter lev­els which will be com­plete only at the end of the month.

“We don’t con­trol the weather, so it’s con­di­tional on that. But we’re headed to­ward im­prove­ment.”

So far, the heavy rains and melt­ing snow­pack across Que­bec have flooded 2,733 res­i­dences in Que­bec, forc­ing the evac­u­a­tion of 1,940 peo­ple in 171 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

The floods have claimed at least one life in the province — Mike Gagnon, 37, whose car ended up in a surg­ing river in the eastern Gaspe re­gion.

Au­thor­i­ties were still search­ing on Tues­day for a two-year-old girl who dis­ap­peared in the same in­ci­dent.

About 1,650 sol­diers are help­ing mu­nic­i­pal and pro­vin­cial of­fi­cials in Que­bec.

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