Quebec: Massive floods


 A dike breach sent waist-high water surging into a Montreal suburb this week, causing some 5,000 residents to flee with their children and pets. Sirens blaring, police, firefighters, and soldiers drove through the streets of SainteMarthe-sur-le-Lac, banging on doors to tell homeowners to leave immediately. Other floods forced some 4,000 people elsewhere in Quebec to evacuate, and parts of Ontario and New Brunswick were also inundated. Much of the flooding was caused by an abnormally high amount of snowmelt swelling the Ottawa River, together with heavy rains. The government says the floods are linked to climate change.

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