The wave of cold settled on the Quebec

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
Environment Canada has issued cold weather alerts for many areas Sunday.

The rain and the thaw of the last few days have caused floods in several areas of Quebec.

Some places are still under high surveillance, but the cold weather should stabilize the situation.

In Bécancour, in Centre-du-Québec, three sectors of the city were flooded, forcing the evacuation of 23 homes.

The department of public Safety reported Saturday evening that other homes could be evacuated if the waters of the river Bécancour continue to climb.

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An ice jam is causing flooding.

In the eastern Townships, a section of a railway bridge in the region of Sherbrooke collapsed in the waters of the Saint-François river because, again, of an ice jam.

It was swept away by the river in the area of Brompton, due to the level of the water, which has inflated quickly.

In Quebec, an ice pack out of his bed the Saint-Charles river in the early afternoon Saturday.

Thirty homes had to be evacuated. Saturday night, the water kept rising, according to the department of public Safety, who indicated that the authorities had an eye on the situation.

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Friday, the river Montmorency was taken out of bed in the borough of Beauport, Quebec.

Homes had to be evacuated, but luckily for the citizens, on Saturday evening, the department of public Safety has indicated that the river Montmorency was in recession.

Always in the region of Quebec, Beaupré, Sainte-Anne river, in the North stabilized in the day Saturday after being out of his bed the night before in the area of Royal avenue, forcing there also with the evacuation of residences.

Saint-Liboire in the Montérégie region, some fifty homes were flooded.

In an interview with The canadian Press, Thomas Blanchet, a spokesman for civil security of the ministry of public Security, said that two factors explained the floods of the last few hours.

“Is that the rivers have reacted very strongly to the amount of rain so they were overwhelmed, or ice movement in rivers have created a log jam that prevents the water from flowing normally,” he said.

According to him, the cold weather could stabilize the situation : “The cold is beneficial, because it reduces the flow of water, but the cold can also cause jams, thus the risk of flooding remains. “

Environment Canada has issued cold weather alerts for many areas Sunday.

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