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Floods in Saint-Clet force families from their homes

04/09/2014 08:05 EDT | Updated 06/09/2014 05:59 EDT
Town officials in Saint-Clet are going door-to-door to check homes after flood waters rushed into the community southwest of Montreal on Tuesday.

About a hundred families were forced from their homes, and some have not been allowed to return as of Wednesday morning.

The flooding was at its worst on Tuesday, after multiple days of mild temperatures combined with heavy rains.

“The melt of the snow took place faster than we expected and the rain, the water all came here, because other municipalities are higher than us,” said Saint-Clet Mayor, Daniel Beaupré.

According to the municipality, this is the worst flooding it has seen in the past 20 years.

The water was as deep as one metre in some places on Tuesday, and while the flooding receded overnight, the town isn’t back to normal quite yet.

Saint-Clet is one of several Quebec municipalities under flood watch, following the spring melt.

Hydro Metéo, an independent agency that monitors water levels in Quebec, has released flood warnings for the Laurentians, the Outaouais, the Lanaudière region, Québec City area, the Beauce and the Mauricie.

"Milder temperatures and rain over the past few hours have generated enough runoff to increase water levels in some waterways in these regions," the agency said on Wednesday morning.

According to Hydro Metéo, the increases are expected to continue into Thursday as temperatures rise and with more precipitation in the forecast for this weekend.

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