Homeowners in Sherbrooke say they are used to the annual spring flood, but this year was different. Levels of Lac St. Francois rose so fast, they say, to almost 22 feet from 6 feet, in less than 34 hours.
Dozens of streets in downtown Sherbrooke, on Bowen and St. Francois were inundated, some more than 4 feet. Many residents say this flood is the second worst since 1982.
The owner of Depanneur Paquette on Bowen says the muddy water seeping into her dwelling was a catastrophe. Two basement apartments and the business are all in ruins. And insurance won't cover repairs or lost merchandise, because this kind of flooding is considered an act of God.
Meanwhile, civil authorities say Lac Francois has crested, and is expected to completely recede by the weekend and the hundreds of people that were evacuated will be able to return home in the next few days.