150 homes in Que­bec at risk of flood­ing

Times Colonist - - Canada -

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.

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A man wades through wa­ter next to his house near Ri­gaud, Que., on Thurs­day.

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