Major Flooding Hits Ontario and Quebec in Canada May 8, 2017

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More  1600 members of the Canadian Armed Forces were dispatched to assist in flood defense and relief efforts across Quebec on Sunday. More than 140 municipalities across Quebec were considered flood zones, around 1900 homes were affected, and mandatory evacuation orders had been put in place for several areas, according to the CBC.

Montreal declared a 48-hour state of emergency on Sunday as rising floodwater threaten communities across Quebec. The Canadian Press reported that the officials made the declaration after three dikes in the northern Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough gave way yesterday.

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Officials warned that the flooding was expected to continue for several days with water levels in the Riviere des Prairies expected to rise 7.8 inches overnight. At least 170 homes have already been evacuated and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre urged residents to comply with evacuation orders.

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A state of emergency has also been declared in the Eastern Ontario city of Orleans, a suburb of Ottawa since Thursday. Mayor Guy Desjardins warned that water levels had risen 10 inches on Saturday evening, according to The Review.

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Residents spent their weekend filling up sandbags to help those affected by flooding in the neighboring city of Clarence-Rockland. CBC spoke to a local conservation official who said heavy rainfall and snowfall had contributed to “a once-every-20-years-event” adding that the Ottawa River was expected to reach a record-breaking height on today or Tuesday.

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Hundreds of people were forced from their homes in Gatineau, Quebec, because of flooding in the capital region with more rain expected over the weekend. Gatineau is also a suburb of Ottawa, located on the Ottawa River.

For many, we watch the news and see coverage of natural disasters on our screens. We gasp and are shocked by the horrors, all while feeling helpless, from the comfort of our homes and offices. We hope and pray for the lives that are affected. Tonight, I felt compelled to see in-person the damage. Only 3 long blocks away from my home, to the site of major flooding that has caused local businesses to close and residents to leave their homes. It is really something to see…a once very busy intersection turned into a serene lake. Thank you for holding space of love and hope for those who are affected. ❤ #60seconds #60secs #unbelievable #flood #toomuchrain #highriverlevels #sunplease #drylandwanted #pierrefonds #montreal #mtl #quebec #canada #prayer #hope #strength #courage #community

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Canadian soldiers have been deployed in the area to assist those affected. Rainfall totals have approached 70 millimeters (2.75″) since the beginning of the month.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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