01/13/2014 07:34 EST | Updated 03/15/2014 05:59 EDT

Rivers In Southern Quebec Swell, Threaten To Overflow

An unseasonably warm weekend has caused flooding in towns along the banks of Rivière des Prairies and the St. Lawrence Rivers, and the residents of some southern Quebec towns are nervously watching and waiting as nearby rivers swell.

Ste-Dorothée in southwestern Laval is experiencing minor flooding and the Bullstrode, Nicolet, Bécancour, Noire, l’Acadie and Yamaska rivers in southern and the region of Centre-du-Québec are at risk of overflowing.

Hydro Météo, an agency that monitors water levels in Quebec, says most of the rivers are at higher levels than usual because of river movement and ice blockages caused by warmer temperatures.

“There are still some rivers that remain high or that are slowly rising. But the pressure is slowly diminishing, making ice movement less and less probable. So there’s less risk of jamming and flooding now,” says Pierre Corbin, director of operations at Hydro Météo.

The flood warning for the St-Francois River has been removed by the agency.

Overnight between Saturday and Sunday, and throughout the day on Sunday, people living in parts of the Eastern Townships experienced flooding when the Eaton River overflowed.

Pierre Dionne, a farmer in Cookshire–Eaton, awoke early Sunday morning to find his potato and corn fields under close to a metre of mater. His neighbour Marcel Roy’s barn was flooded as well, leaving his cows belly-deep in water overnight and causing the animals to slip and fall on the ice.

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