Canada floods: Over 6,500 people evacuated near Montreal as floods worsen

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After floodwaters broke a bank in rain-soaked eastern Canada, Over 6,500 people were told to quickly leave their homes near Montreal on late Saturday and early Sunday.

According to the latest data, nearly 8,000 people have been forced out from their homes in Quebec. Hundreds of policemen, firefighters and soldiers helped evacuate nearly 2,600 homes in the area.

Around 1,700 soldiers had been positioned to the hardest-hit regions. In Fredericton and New Brunswick, crews have been busy moving away driftwood and remains as waters start to recede.

In the province more than 400 households were flooded, and the main highway connecting the rest of Canada remained closed. In Ottawa, a bridge connecting the capital to Gatineau, Quebec was closed, and 18 residents fled their flooded homes.

The barrier protecting Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, just west of Montreal, collapsed on Saturday night, causing flow of water of up to 1.5 metres to crash through the area.

The officials also stated that the flooding across Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick has highlighted how important it is to fight climate change, adapt and mitigate the impacts of more extreme weather events.

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