Montérégie under flood watch

Photo by Patrick Lejtenyi

Residents of the Montérégie are watching water levels closely as melting ice clogs the flow of some rivers south of Montreal.

A flood warning is in effect around the towns of Carignan and Delson, and is expected to remain in place for at least the next few days.

Fields are covered in water and roads are partially submerged in Carignan, near Chambly.

Huge chunks of ice are clogging the Acadie river and some roads have been closed off to traffic.

But most residents aren't alarmed. Most say that today's high water levels are nothing compared to the severe flooding the region experienced in 2012.

Eric Bossé was watching cars navigate a huge puddle of water from his riverfront home.

He thinks the water will be gone soon enough.

"It's like a plug in the bath," he said. Once some of the big ice chunks melt, "it will only take two or three hours before the water goes away."

Until then, authorities are keeping a very close eye on rivers in the area.

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