MONTREAL— On Sunday afternoon Montreal Mayer Denis Coderre declared a state of emergency, stating to reporters, “If people’s lives are in jeopardy, we need to think about the people first.”
Heavy rainfall across the country has caused floodwaters to rise, with Quebec being the hardest hit. Approximately 60 mm (2.4 inches) of rain fell in eastern Ontario and western Quebec late last week. Officials report flooding of nearly 1,900 homes in 146 Quebec municipalities, with more than 1,500 residents leaving the affected zones.
The Canadian military has also deployed over 1,650 troops to Quebec, helping with evacuations and providing 250,000 sandbags.
Near the Ottawa River in Gatineau, around 700 people have been forced out of about 390 homes as the Ottawa River continues to rise.
Above, a local took pictures of the Rockland and Cumberland flood in between sandbagging efforts.
Central Eastern Canada and British Columbia have also been impacted, with Grand Forks, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Kootenay Boundary District and Fintry Delta also declaring a state of emergency.
CGR President Abraham Shepherd shares, “We are actively working with our trained team and local partners in Quebec. CGR is in motion to alleviate the impact of the flooding. You can join us by donating towards flood response.”
Volunteer opportunities may exist throughout the recovery process, with cleanup teams being called upon. We are requesting potential volunteers to reach the office by email with their contact information and availability for the time being while we prepare location-specific volunteer forms and organize specific training.
Further information about disaster relief efforts in Montreal and affected areas in Ontario and British Colombia will be made available as soon as possible. As we are early in our response of assessing information and looking at areas where we can assist, please consider donating towards this disaster relief and recovery fund that will be used nationwide in the efforts.
Photos: CJ Phillips / Clarence-Rockland, ON / May 7, 2017 / Flickr CC license
Peter B Carter / Sainte Genevieve, Montreal / May 6, 2017 / Flickr CC license