Giant ice floes freed by warmer climes have been seen travelling the river and causing some flooding between Ormstown and Ste-Martine. The communities are location southwest of Montreal.
CBC Montreal reporter Ainslie MacLellan spent some time in Huntingdon on Friday afternoon. She said fields there were flooded, with people using various watercraft to get around.
“I’m standing in the driveway of a family home. It’s almost like being in an island in the middle of a giant lake. We actually had to get into a pickup truck to be able to make it here,” she said while reporting from Huntingdon.
The main bridge through town is under threat of being covered by water, as well, with the water level hovering just a few centimetres below the road.
The flooding there is so far limited to fields and roads, but local authorities are holding their breath as severe flood warnings continue in the Montérégie region, as well as the Eastern Townships and the central Quebec region.
More rain is expected this weekend and civil protection authorities predict the situation could worsen in the next 72 hours.
In the Eastern Townships, the popular Pilsen Pub in North Hatley has water up to its lower windows. The nearby Lake Massawippi's water level has risen a metre over the past week.
There has already been some minor flooding this week in the Carignan region on Montreal's South Shore, as well as in St-Clet, southwest of Montreal.
Earlier this week, about 100 homes in St-Clet were evacuated, although residents were for the most part able to return a day or two later.
Radio-Canada's interactive map of areas on flood watch (in French):
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