Spring flooding a major issue across southwestern Quebec

Flooding in St-Clet, April 8, 2014.
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Residents in several riverside communities in the province are on high alert as heavy rain and melting snow are causing water levels to rise to dangerously high levels.

The potential for spring floods is highest on the south shore along the Acadie River, near Carignan, a town which has already seen some flooding in the last few weeks.

The main street in the village of St-Clet, not far from St-Lazare, has also suffered flooding because of the rain and rapidly melting snow, despite being some distance from a river.

Hydro-Météo, the provincial agency that monitors water levels, also says people living along the Chateauguay, de la Tortue, des Anglais and Yamaska rivers are also at risk — in particular because of the heavy rain being forecast for today.

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