Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Searchers hunt for Quebecer swept away by Irene as 60,000 remain without power: Canada

The post-tropical cyclone that was once Hurricane Irene tore a destructive path through Quebec and the Maritimes, leaving tens of thousands in darkness as police continued the search for a driver whose car was caught in raging flood waters north of Montreal.

The Sûreté du Québec was searching the Yamaska River for a man who was in his vehicle when it was swept away following the collapse of a culvert. Neither the motorist nor his car has been found, but two others escaped the collapse, which left a 30-metre-long hole about 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

Quebec police were also looking for an 81-year-old man who vanished Sunday after going for a walk near his cottage in Shawinigan, just as the remnants of the powerful storm were moving north towards Canada from the U.S.

Irene churned further northeast Monday to blast Atlantic Canada, after smacking southern Quebec on Sunday with heavy rain and howling winds. About 125 millimetres of rain fell on the province. Roads were flooded, trees snapped and power lines downed. more