Flood situation 'critical' in several Quebec communities
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 2:56 -
Milder temperatures and heavy rain have resulted in major flooding across several Quebec communities.
In Sherbrooke, water levels in the Saint -François River reached 6.7 meters -- five metres higher than usual.
That was enough to flood the city centre, forcing 600 evacuations late Tuesday evening. Several roadways were closed in the Eastern Townships as well.
Additional evacuations were rolled out along Yellow River and Lac- Beauport.
In Beauce, dozens of residents were forced out of their homes when the Chaudière River overflowed Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Saint-Francois River continues to swell, reaching 7.3 metres -- much higher than the 1.8 metres it usually sits at.
Officials say they haven't seen flooding this severe since the 1908s.
According to The Canadian Press, a seniors' residence has been evacuated because of flooding of the Sainte-Anne River in Saint-Raymond, northwest of Quebec City.
About 700 people were evacuated from that same area in 2012 due to flooding.
Rapid snowmelt and heavy rainfall has been wreaking havoc in Quebec.
On Tuesday, a landslide hit the Laurentian region, sweeping away as many as six buidlings on Lapierre Street in themunicipality of Lac-des-Seize-Îles during the lunch hour.
On the same day, emergency crews carried out a dramatic helicopter rescue of a man on Quebec's partially-frozen rivière Cachée.
With files from The Canadian Press and MétéoMédia