More troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding


Almost 1,900 homes in 126 Quebec municipalities have been flooded, with more than 1,000 residents leaving the affected areas, the Canadian Press reported, adding that some 1,200 troops were deployed to help evacuate local residents.

"It's a serious situation, but people should know that every level of government is pulling together seamlessly to do everything necessary to keep Canadians safe", Ralph Goodale, public safety minister, told reporters in Ottawa.

The problem is particularly acute in Quebec, where 132 communities had been affected by the floods as of noon Friday and some 700 people have been forced to abandon their homes.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said city officials are considering extending that state of emergency for another five days. Homes have been evacuated in that borough as well as on the two nearby islands, Ile-Bizard and the smaller Ile-Mercier.

Whatever hope Montreal-area flood zone residents had that Nature would throw them a break was extinguished in a haze of constant drizzle early Friday as Environment Canada updated its special weather statement to a full-fledged rain warning.

More than 2,000 homes have been flooded in 130 towns and cities, with authorities urging residents to evacuate before it is too late.

The Canadian military will deploy about 1,200 troops to help deal with the flooding, local media reported.

Their tasks included evacuating residents, reinforcing dikes and protecting critical infrastructure such as water treatment plants and bridges, the ministry of defense said. Across eastern Canada, hundreds of thousands of sandbags have been used and Ottawa has asked suppliers for up to four million more, said officials.

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The Saint Lawrence and other rivers burst their banks from the area around Lake Ontario, in the center, to the province of Quebec in the east, flooding 171 towns and villages, and prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency in 10 municipalties. "I understand morally, psychologically, mentally, physically, people are very exhausted but sometimes we need to protect people against themselves".

"It's the sort of the worst flood you'd expect in 100 years".

"Engineers are inspecting", he said, adding that "we have control of them".

The city, downriver from the north country, is where all the water ends up.

A helicopter searched the area on Sunday night, and dozens of emergency services workers have helped, he told the BBC.

Mayor Pascal Quevillon said his request for help from the army had not yet received a response.

Rob Kuhn, an Environment Canada meteorologist based in Toronto, said Sunday that eastern Ontario saw the most rainfall in the province.

One resident said: "Most people left".