Hundreds of families forced to evacuate due to Torrential rains in Quebec

Updated: 10:06 GMT, May 6, 2017 | Published: 08:52 GMT, May 6, 2017 |

Torrential rains in central and eastern Canada forced hundreds of families to evacuate flooded homes and prompted the province of Quebec to request federal military aid on Friday (May 5).

Soldiers are expected to be brought in on Saturday (May 6) as the region braces for further downpours this weekend, the Quebec’s Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said at a news conference in Montreal.

Up to 60 mm of rain (2.4 inches) will fall in eastern Ontario and western Quebec between Thursday (May 4) night and Sunday (May 7) evening, according to state weather forecasting service Environment Canada.

At least 124 Quebec municipalities have been affected by flooding that has inundated 1,326 residences and forced the evacuation of 700 homes, according to Urgences Quebec.