Extensive flooding in eastern Canada forces evacuations

A closed road is seen on a flooded street in Laval, Canada. (AFP)

Flooding in eastern Canada forced the evacuation of 1,200 people while more than 600 troops have been deployed in response, authorities said on Sunday.

Warming weather over the Easter weekend has brought spring floods due to heavy rains and snowmelt from Ontario to southern Quebec and New Brunswick.

A man was killed Saturday in Pontiac, Quebec after he failed to see that a bridge had been swept away by the floods and drove his vehicle into the water.

Authorities, who initially feared a repeat of catastrophic 2017 floods in Quebec, the worst in half a century, appeared more confident about the situation on Sunday.

“We are optimistic about the coming days,” civil security spokesperson Eric Houde told AFP.

“There will be significant floods but globally not at the level of 2017, except in certain areas like Lake St. Pierre,” a widening of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, he said.

“The big difference from 2017 is the level of preparation of municipalities and citizens,” he added.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53