Tuesday, May 24, 2011

More soldiers called as Quebec river flooding hits new peak: Canada

The number of Canadian soldiers helping flood victims along Quebec's Richelieu River doubled to about 500 in the past day as water levels hit a record high.

Winds from the south of up to 80 kilometres an hour forced water from Lake Champlain to spill into the Richelieu southeast of Montreal.

Premier Jean Charest toured the region Monday afternoon for a third time since the flooding began five weeks ago. He then asked the Canadian Armed Forces for more help.

"They will be used for different tasks," Charest said. "Be it security, sandbagging … we will be responding to requests as quickly as possible."

About 3,000 homes have been flooded and nearly 1,000 people have been forced out since the start of the floods. (read more)