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Flooding continues in parts of Quebec with more rain expected

April 21, 2017 9:45 AM
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Flooding continues in parts of Quebec with more rain expected

Some parts of the province can expect an extra 20 millimetres of rain over the next 24 hours

Authorities are on alert for additional flooding as heavy rains continue to batter parts of Quebec.

Some 53 municipalities have experienced enough flooding this week to qualify for provincial aid, according to a news release issued by the provincial government on Thursday.

That's in addition to another 19 municipalities already eligible for financial assistance after being hit by flooding earlier this spring.

Quebec provincial police are still patrolling the municipality of Rigaud, Que., where some residents were told to leave their homes on Thursday.

The municipality, located 25 kilometres west of the island of Montreal, declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon, as roads and houses began to flood.

About 150 people living in the areas of Baie de Rigaud, Pointe-Séguin, Rigaud sur le lac and Pointe à la Raquette were advised to leave.

Rigaud's Mayor, Hans Gruenwald Jr., says with more rain falling on Friday, he can't guarantee emergency services to those who refuse to leave their homes.

Residents were advised to head to the local library if they needed a safe place to stay. Family pets aren't being allowed in the library, but a number of local kennels have offered discounted rates.

​If anyone needs to reach the municipality in the event of an emergency, they can call 450-451-0869, extension 235.

In Montreal, the city is keeping its website updated with the latest flood information.

In the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, minor flooding has been reported, but the situation is under control according to city officials. In the L'île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève borough, sandbags have been distributed to residents. Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue are listed as "high-risk", but no flooding has been reported.

The Rivières des Prairies area is also considered a high risk for flooding. In Laval, Que., volunteers are going door-to-door to inform residents in certain areas of Sainte-Dorothée and Laval-sur-le-Lac about the risks of local flooding.

Montreal had five millimetres of rain Thursday night and will see another five millimetres Friday, according to Environment Canada forecaster Denis Thibodeau. In places like the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships and Beauce, Que., can expect heavier precipitation on Friday.

The Quebec City area could see between 15 and 20 millimetres over the next 24 hours.

Thibodeau said Montreal has received double the average rainfall so far in April. The average for this month is 67.7 millimetres, but even before the precipitation accumulated over the last 24 hours, there had already been 130 millimetres of rain this month.

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