10/06/2017 12:38 EDT | Updated 10/07/2017 06:02 EDT

Quebec hosts forum on flood control to better prepare for natural disasters

MONTREAL — The Quebec government is hosting a two-day forum beginning Friday on flood control in order to better prepare for natural disasters such as last spring's devastating floods.

Scientists and other experts have been invited to discuss land use, urban planning, and to review rules governing development in flood-prone areas.

Some 5,000 residences in 278 Quebec municipalities were affected by flooding last spring while 4,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes.

Many flood victims have criticized the government's response, saying they've had trouble accessing financial aid or getting information on their files.

Quebec's environment minister says the floods were a sign that more needs to be done to adapt to the realities of climate change.