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Heavy rain prompts flash flood risk in Quebec

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:01 AM -

Rain, heavy at times, is expected to hit parts of Quebec Wednesday, prompting a rainfall warning for several communities including the city of Montreal.

The same system that's been bringing record rainfall to southern Ontario will continue to push east into Quebec with up to 30 mm possible through Thursday.

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"Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads," warns Environment Canada in the rainfall warning. "Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

Recent heavy rains forced evacuations and resulted in a "critical" flood situation across parts of Quebec.

Less than two weeks ago, water levels in the Saint -François River in Sherbrooke reached 6.7 meters -- five metres higher than usual.

A seniors' residence was also 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.

A landslide hit the Laurentian region earlier this month, sweeping away as many as six buildings on Lapierre Street in the municipality of Lac-des-Seize-Îles.

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