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Quebecers watch rain, river levels

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

May 19, 2011 — This week's rain could cause water levels on Quebec's Richelieu River to rise once again.

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu was one of the hardest-hit areas
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu was one of the hardest-hit areas

People living along the Richelieu River in southern Quebec are keeping a close eye on the skies and the water levels this week.

A low pressure system has been drenching the province all week, and that's raising concerns about flooding once again.

Earlier this month, the Richelieu River spilled its banks, triggering a historic flood in that part of the province. Thousands of homeowners were affected, and many are still trying to clear water out of their basements and backyards. Some residents are still using canoes and rowboats to get around neighbourhoods.

At one point, the Canadian Forces deployed 800 soldiers to the region. On Tuesday, it was announced that the military would begin withdrawing troops from the disaster zone. Water levels have been receding, but this week's rain could push them back up again.

Flooding has been a problem in other provinces this spring as well, including New Brunswick and Manitoba. Now, river levels are rising in parts of the BC Interior.

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