Floods drive almost 1900 from homes in Canada's Quebec

Almost 1,900 homes have already been flooded across the province of Quebec, with 126 towns and cities affected, according.

The floodwaters, the worst in decades, were expected to peak on Monday afternoon, said Quebec Public Safety Minister Martin Coiteux.

Torrential rains lashed parts of central and eastern Canada on Friday, causing flooding, flight delays and traffic disruptions, and the prime minister said the federal government was ready to provide help if necessary.

Downriver, however, riverfront municipalities between Montreal and Quebec City can expect to see flooding for the next few days as the St. Lawrence continues to rise.

CBC channel reported on Sunday that Quebec turned out to be the most affected region, where more than 1,000 people were forced to leave their houses.

Whatever hope Montreal-area flood zone residents had that Nature would throw them a break was extinguished in a haze of constant drizzle early Friday as Environment Canada updated its special weather statement to a full-fledged rain warning.

Many have blamed the flooding on the International Joint Commission's Plan 2014, which regulates water levels on the lake and river.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said about 220 people in the city had been evacuated from their homes.

Canada's federal government has deployed 1,650 troops and 250,000 sandbags to the inundated province, the officials said.

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"It's been there for 15 years, and it's my home." said another resident.

Hundreds of people have been forced from their homes on the western and northwestern sections of the island. "We've never seen this in over 55 years in Quebec".

In Ontario, the eastern community of Clarence-Rockland had already declared a state of emergency in anticipation of heavy rainfalls expected to last through the weekend.

More than 1,000 people have been evacuated in Quebec province, the largest number coming from Gatineau, near Ottawa, the province's emergency response unit said Sunday.

"I understand that morally or psychologically, physically, mentally, people are very, very exhausted".

The declaration of a state of emergency gives city officials the power to forcibly remove people from their homes if their lives are in danger, though no one has been forcibly removed so far.

Rising water from the Ottawa River is almost level with the deck and swimming pool at a home in Rockland, Ont., about 40 kilometres east of Ottawa, on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel described the rainfall as historic.

"We are here to serve the civilian power", Lavoie said.

"People are exhausted psychologically and municipal authorities are running on empty in terms of resources", said Eric Houde, director general of Quebec's civil security services.

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