Overflowing rivers force evacuations in Quebec

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MONTREAL – The town of Rigaud, Que., has declared a state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of some 150 homes in an area at risk of being flooded by both the Rigaud and Ottawa rivers.

Officials say some 60 residences are already flooded and the 150 homes under the evacuation order are accessible by a single road, which it”s feared could be submerged Thursday night.

Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald says if that route is flooded, the town near the Ontario border won”t 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 Riviere des Prairies also have 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 have been isolated by flooding from the Mastigouche River, but no evacuation has yet been ordered.

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High water levels in Rigaud, Que. are seen here on Friday, April 21, 2017. (Twitter: Angela MacKenzie)

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Two men paddle a canoe along a street in the town of Rigaud, Que., Thursday, April 20, 2017, following flooding in the area. A state of emergency has been issued for the town. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Graham Hughes)

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Water is shown on a residential street in the town of Rigaud, Que., west of Montreal, Thursday, April 20, 2017, following flooding in the area. A state of emergency has been issued for the town. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Graham Hughes)

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A flooded street in Rigaud, Que. is seen here on Friday, April 21, 2017. (Twitter: Angela MacKenzie)

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Cars move along a street in the town of Rigaud, Que., west of Montreal, following flooding in the area, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

One video uploaded to Instagram showed two people in a boat, travelling through the flooded Parc-nature de l’Anse-à-l’Orme, in Montreal.

 

The l” Anse a l Orme park is totally flooded . #Montreal#Canada#cbcmtl#flood#boat

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