Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Quebec floods: man and young girl missing after vehicle drifts into river

Quebec floods: man and young girl missing after vehicle drifts into river

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

As water levels in Quebec showed signs of dropping slightly Tuesday, authorities urged people to be patient and warned the situation will not return to normal for several weeks.

Quebec Provincial Police spokeswoman Helene Nepton said late Monday that the body of Mike Gagnon, 37, of Saint-Anne-des-Monts, was recovered about 500 metres from where a strong current pulled the vehicle toward the Sainte-Anne River in eastern Quebec on Sunday.

As cities across Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes continue to grapple with the effects of heavy rainfall and severe flooding over the past week, a number of municipalities have released helpful maps detailing road closures, water levels and relief efforts to help residents navigate the emergency.

"People are anxious about what will happen to their homes".

"Naturally the federal government will cover all the costs linked to this aid for Quebec and Ontario", he said.

Taylor said he felt a bit guilty that his house was dry and that his neighbours were suffering. Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. said evacuation was mandatory in some areas and firefighters were going door to door to make sure people left their homes. "A group of residents and volunteers shouldn't have had to make that kind of decision".

Number of homes that have been flooded in 130 towns and cities.

"We have really discovered each other because of this", she said. When the waters recede were going to have a big street party.

Premier Philippe Couillard, who attended the Montreal news conference, said he understands the frustration many people are feeling.

Thousands of people have been affected and schools in the region closed. Authorities said the pair were still missing on Monday, and that they would send divers to look for them once conditions improved.

"I can understand the anxiety, the angst people feel right now".

Couillard also reiterated his call for Quebecers to donate money to help flood victims, adding he personally donated money on Tuesday morning.

Montreal became the latest Quebec city to declare a state of emergency after three dikes gave way in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough, in the north end of the city by the Rivieres des Prairies.

In Rigaud, Que., defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance toured flood-stricken areas on Tuesday, taking stock of soldiers' work on the ground, thanking them for their service and listening to any additional concerns.

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