Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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OTTAWA - ---


Two of Canada's biggest cities have declared states of emergency and three provinces have now asked for federal help to fight rising flood waters.

Montreal made its declaration yesterday as a storm dumping as much as 60 millimetres of rain on already flooded regions moved in.

Ottawa declared its state of emergency on Thursday, prompting the federal government to send 400 soldiers to help sandbag and aid in relief efforts to small rural communities on the west edge of Ottawa.

Late yesterday, they were also sandbagging the road to one of the city's two water-treatment plants.

Another one-thousand soldiers were deployed in Quebec earlier this week and 310 in New Brunswick.

But municipalities are still calling for volunteers to help fill sandbags and to pile them around threatened homes and businesses.

Yesterday in Regina, Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called the response to the flooding "an all-hands-on-deck" effort.



Water regulators estimate the Ottawa River's level will rise nearly a metre over the next few days, well above its peak in a 2017 flood that was thought to have been a once-a-century event.

The most serious flooding is in villages along the Ottawa River outside the downtown core.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford visited the area yesterday -- meeting with homeowners and helping fill some sandbags.

He said his government is on "high alert" and has told Ottawa the province will help with whatever is needed.

Ford also said having another 100-year flood just two years after the last one can be blamed on climate change.

The municipality of Clarence-Rockland just east of Ottawa, as well as the towns of Bracebridge and Huntsville in the Muskoka region north of Toronto, have also declared states of emergency.



Several regions in Quebec are facing floods, including Gatineau and other communities along the Ottawa River, parts of Montreal and the Beauce region south of Quebec City. …

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