150 homes in Quebec at risk of flooding
MONTREAL — The town of Rigaud, Que., has declared a state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of 150 homes in an area at risk of being flooded by both the Rigaud and Ottawa rivers.
Officials said Thursday that about 60 residences had already flooded and the 150 homes under the evacuation order are accessible only by a single road, which was close to being submerged on Thursday night.
Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald said that if that route were flooded, the town near the Ontario border would not be able to provide services for residents in the event of an emergency.
Heavy rain and spring runoff have also caused some overflowing on roads in other areas in Quebec, including sections of Laval north of Montreal.
The Gatineau, Outaouais and Milles-Iles rivers, along with the Rivière des Prairies, also had high water levels and the rain forecast through Thursday night could cause them to overflow their banks.
In Mandeville, northeast of Montreal, several hundred homes had been been cut off from roads due to flooding from the Mastigouche River, but no evacuation had been ordered.
A man wades through water next to his house near Rigaud, Que., on Thursday.