Enormous flood in Montreal and the entire region Quebec, Canada, forced state of emergency in many towns

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Quebec’s Environment Minister David Heurtel said the flooding is most serious in 55 years. Water levels on the Lake of Two Mountains and Lake St. Louis are expected to rise over this week. The Galipeault Bridge, the only bridge linking Ile-Perrot to the Island of Montreal, was closed in both directions, cutting off the link on Highway 20 between Montreal and Ile-Perrot.  Several municipalities, including Montreal, Laval and Rigaud, have declared states of emergency.  The schools were closed. The city has distributed more than 250,000 sandbags. The Quebec government is donating $500,000 to a special Red Cross flood relief fund. The money will be used to pay for immediate needs, such as food, clothing and shelter, and to help people once they return home to pay for things such as clean up, rebuilding and furniture. More than 1,500 soldiers were deployed throughout the southern part of the province to provide help. Speaking in Montreal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government will intervene. “We must protect the essential infrastructure like schools and hospitals. You need to have the roads clear to have emergency staff like firemen able to perform their tasks.” said Cpt. Pierre Leblanc. Parts of eastern Ontario, Atlantic Canada and British Columbia have also been hit hard by flooding.

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