Heavy and continued rainfall is affecting airline passengers as well as road and rail commuters in many parts of Ontario and Quebec on Friday, with voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders in effect in some areas.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of Quebec and a rainfall warning for much of southern and eastern Ontario. New Brunswick, particularly the southern part of the province, will be in the crosshairs of the slow-moving system beginning Friday night and into Saturday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Montreal on Friday morning, said the federal government is closely monitoring the situation.
“Our thoughts are with the families, the communities affected by the severe flooding that’s going on throughout Quebec and indeed across the country,” he said.
He praised the volunteers and first responders helping out and said Ottawa was ready to respond to formal requests for assistance.
“We will of course be there as the cleanup continues after the waters recede,” he said.
In all affected areas, residents are being warned to stay away from banks of rivers and streams and low-lying areas and to avoid driving into standing water. Homeowners are advised to ensure valuables aren’t kept in basements, to make sure catch basins and eaves are clear of leaves and debris, and to call 311 to report any flooding issues.
The most wide-ranging issues are in Quebec, with 124 communities in the province affected.
Urgences Québec says more than 1,326 residences in the province have been affected by flooding this week, with at least 700 people forced out of their homes.
Among the hardest hit municipalities are Île Bizard, Île Mercier, Pierrefonds, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Rigaud and Laval-sur-le Lac.
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