Alexandra Pope, staff writer
May 22, 2011 — A low pressure system is expected to whip up winds in southern Quebec Sunday night, potentially pushing more water into the flood-hit Richelieu Valley.
The region saw days of steady rain last week, and now, a low moving into northwestern Quebec is expected to boost winds later on Sunday.
According to a special weather statement by Environment Canada, southerly winds between 30 and 50 kilometers per hour will develop Sunday afternoon and intensify overnight, potentially gusting up to 80 kilometers per hour, especially in the Monteregie area.
Authorities fear the winds could push water from Lake Champlain into the Richelieu River.
Water levels in the lake, which straddles the border between Quebec and the United States, reached an all-time high this spring.
Water levels in the Richelieu have declined since the damaging floods earlier this month; however, the river could still see fluctuations.
Quebec premier Jean Charest has called for more Canadian soldiers to return to the region. At one time, 800 troops were on the ground, sandbagging and helping residents, but that number has dwindled with the water levels.
More than 3,000 homes have been flooded and 1,000 people evacuated since the floods began last month.
This season has seen unusually severe flooding in parts of Canada, especially Manitoba, which is facing a similar wind threat this weekend.
With files from the Canadian Press and Lyndsay Morrison