Canada Under Water: 9500 People Were Forced to Leave Their Homes

Many people from Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick will see more days of flooding, due to the water rise to new levels in some of the regions, and recede in others.

Volunteers have put a lot of efforts to hold back the water. Residents and military troops have tried to protect the homes from the rising waters. They have evacuated thousands of homes and have closed numerous roads and bridges, including one connecting Ottawa to Gatineau, in Quebec.

Where is the worst situation?

The worst situation is in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, which is a suburb that’s west of Montreal, which was flooded Saturday night, after the Lake of Two Mountains burst.

About 5000 resident left their homes with only what they could grab in a hurry. 1500 people were evacuated from their homes the next day.

Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault from Quebec said that the situation from Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac is still being monitored very closely, and that the evacuation order is still happening. She also said that some of the people would be able to return to their homes to get their belongings.

Two new dikes built

The military has built one new dike in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, and a second one is almost finished. They don’t know why the old dike failed. Guilbault said that Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac sent a request to the Environment Ministry to improve the dike. That was last February. She sent people everywhere to check the dikes across Quebec.

About 9500 people left their homes in Quebec. Two-thirds of them from Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac.

The Premier from Quebec, François Legaul came on the scene on Sunday, and announced that $1 million goes to the Red Cross in order to make sure that the people forced to leave their homes have everything they need and that they are safe now.

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Meagan Kozlovs

About the Author: Meagan Kozlovs

Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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