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Zoo animals become victims of Saint-Felicien, Quebec flooding


A zoo animal rescue was underway in Quebec after severe flooding
A zoo animal rescue was underway in Quebec after severe flooding

Joey Olivier

March 23, 2012 — Parts of the Saint-Felicien Zoo were left underwater this week, after ice jams triggered flooding in the area.

Ice jams around the zoo
Ice jams around the zoo

An overflow of the Salmon River flooded part of the Saint-Félicien Zoo Wednesday night.

"This is the first time since the zoo was built. The children's section is the most damaged," says Lauraine Gagnon, executive director of the zoo.

Several animals died during the incident, but it was mostly farm animals.

"What is positive is that we can replace them more easily than the rarest of animals," says the director.

Fortunately, employees were able to save several animals affected by the situation. Many of the zoo facilities, however, were damaged.

"We are closing this weekend.

We will notify the customers thereafter, "says Gagnon.

Several sections of the zoo are still available despite the significant accumulation of ice.

Elsewhere in Quebec, over 400 people were evacuated Wednesday night in Saint-Raymond de Portneuf, near Quebec, because of the overflow of the Sainte-Anne.

On Thursday, in Beauport, Quebec, some homes were flooded after the Montmorency River overflowed. In Beauce, Route 276 remained closed because of the Chaudiere River overflowing.

In the Gaspé region, the Matane River also overflowed during the night, which forced the evacuation of some residents.

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