Flooding in NewBrunswick, Quebec and Ontario forces evacuation of thousands
Flooding in NewBrunswick, Quebec, and Ontario has forced the evacuation of thousands and is threatening more property as water levels continue to rise.
The most dire situation is in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, an off-island suburb west of Montreal that was submerge Saturday night after the Lake of Two Mountains burst through a natural dike.
More than 5,000 residents were forced to grab what they could, including pets, and flee as waist-high water filled their streets and homes. Another 1,500 people were evacuated from their homes the following day.
Premier Francois Legault visited the scene yesterday and announced $1 million in immediate funding to the Red Cross to ensure the evacuees’ immediate needs are met. He said it was “almost a miracle” that everyone was safe.
Officials say that this is due in part to climate change.