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Floods drive nearly 1900 from homes in Canada's Quebec

A couple watch the river water flow past their home on Ile Mercier in Île Bizard A couple watch the river water flow past their home on Ile Mercier in Île Bizard
Eleena Tovar | 18 May, 2017, 16:30

Both provinces have been dealing with fallout from heavy spring rainfall and at least 124 Quebec municipalities were affected by flooding that inundated thousands of residences and forced the evacuation of homes.

The confirmation of what many hoped were exaggerated weather predictions since the start of the week comes as most civil protection monitoring stations in the Montreal area are reporting that water levels are dropping, even though the threat of moderate flooding remains.

A state of emergency has been declared in the Canadian city of Montreal due to flooding caused by torrential rains and melting snow.

Homes were already evacuated in that neighbourhood, as well as on the two nearby islands, Ile-Bizard and Ile-Mercier.

Pointe-Calumet, St-Andre d'Argenteuil and St-Placide have also been affected by the floods.

On Tuesday, city officials will decide whether emergency should be prolonged for five more days, Montreal Gazette reported.

The situation in Ontario seems to be 'generally stabilizing, ' although there are many unstable local circumstances, he said.

A woman is evacuated from her home by Surete du Quebec police officers in the town of Rigaud, Quebec, west of Montreal, Monday, May 8, 2017, following flooding in the region.

Authorities in the Canadian province of Quebec continued to grapple with heavy flooding on Monday as swelling rivers caused untold damage to homes and buildings and a man was swept away with his child in eastern Quebec.

Some 1,650 soldiers in all were expected to be helping the flood effort by the end of the day Monday.

Approximately 800 additional soldiers were deployed in Quebec on Sunday, the Canadian military said in a release.

"First, I want to tell people affected by the floods.that it's very, very bad", he said.

"We have really discovered each other because of this", she said.

"For now, there's no evidence that has been found that can lead us to the discovery of these two people", said Doiron.

The state of emergency, which was declared after three dikes gave way in Montreal's Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough, will remain in place for 48 hours.

In Rigaud, Mayor Hans Gruenwald ordered the mandatory evacuation of some 100 homes.

In Atlantic Canada, some parts of New Brunswick recorded more than 150 millimetres of rain after a almost 36 hour non-stop downpour.

"The ground, already near saturation, has little ability to absorb further rainfall", Environment Canada said in a weather alert for the region.

While the deluge has tapered off in the province, New Brunswick's St. John River is spilling its banks, prompting several road closures.

It means the water levels are high for some 500 kilometers, from Toronto and Lake Ontario (Toronto is on Lake Ontario) and stretching downstream.