60 Homes Flooded, 150 Evacuated in City in Quebec

Pam Wright
Published: April 21, 2017

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Heavy rain and spring snow runoff have caused severe flooding on the Ottawa and Rigaud rivers in Quebec, Canada, prompting a state of emergency and evacuations.

Officials told the Chronicle-Journal that 60 homes have already flooded in the town located 20 miles west of Montreal and another 150 homes are under evacuation.

The majority of the homes under evacuation in the town of 7,500 are accessed by a single road that authorities said would likely be submerged by Thursday night. 

"In light of the latest information, the city of Rigaud has no choice but to declare a local state of emergency effective immediately," the city said on its Facebook page.

The mayor of Rigaud, Hans Gruenwald, warned reluctant residents that should the road become submerged, the city will be unable to provide services in the case of an emergency. 

Resident William Bradley is one of the residents refusing to comply with the evacuation order.

"Most people are refusing to go. They figure they put a lot of work in, they can save their house, and probably they're moving stuff upstairs that they can't replace," Bradley told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Several rivers in the Canadian province are nearing capacity or overflowing, including the Gatineau, Outaouais and Milles-Iles rivers. 

In the city of Laval, north of Montreal, several roads are submerged by overflowing rivers, and in Mandeville, several homes are cut off by flooding on the Mastigouche River. No evacuations have been ordered there. 

Warmer conditions this month have allowed temperatures to rise above the freezing mark in the Rigaud area, resulting in melting snow across the region, said weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam. In addition, moderate to locally heavy rain has fallen at times over the past two weeks, prompting the recent flooding.

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