A state of emergency has been declared in the Canada due to flooding caused by heavy rains and melting snow. It was declared on Sunday afternoon and will remain in place for 48 hours.
Nearly 1,900 homes have already been flooded across 126 towns and cities. Some 1,200 troops have been set out to evacuate people.
“Our troops are responding quickly and professionally and are already beginning to deliver critical support to Canadians affected by the flooding,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said.
The emergency was declared in Montreal after three watercourses gave way in the city’s north.The town of Rigaud, west of Montreal, has been hit hard and a state of emergency has also been declared there.
The mayor has ordered immediate evacuations in flood zones.
“People had to be evacuated, and we put them in boats and they are crying like babies,” said Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr.
High rainfall has also caused flooding in the province of Ontario.
Lake Ontario has reached a water level not seen since 1993 in southern Ontario. Warmer temperatures have also caused snow to melt combining with the rain to cause flooding and mudslides.