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Water everywhere: Flood roundup


One of many people wading through flood waters
One of many people wading through flood waters

Lisa Varano, staff writer

May 9, 2011 — Flooding is the top story making weather news in Canada and the United States.

Water approaches Brandon
Water approaches Brandon

Brandon, Man. declares flood emergency

Brandon, in southern Manitoba, is under a local state of emergency. The Assiniboine river is forecast to peak in the coming days near the top of dikes protecting the city. Callers to our Stormline (1-800-463-9463) say sandbags are being raised. More floodwater than forecast is heading to the city, west of Winnipeg. Manitoba is dealing with widespread spring flooding but some flood defences are working.

Spring flood crests in Quebec

The Richelieu river flooded 3,000 homes and forced 1,000 residents to evacuate. Water levels are now dropping, but many people are still waiting for permission to go back home in the flooded Monteregie region, south of Montreal. Soldiers had to rescue people by boat, and fill 50,000 sandbags. The Canadian Forces sent 800 soldiers to the flood zone. South of the border, flooding has damaged hundreds of homes in New York and Vermont.

Mississippi river spills over
Mississippi river spills over

New Brunswick river reaches flood peak

Flood officials describe the flooding along the St. John river in New Brunswick as minor. Melting snow and recent heavy rainfall have made the river spill its banks in northwestern New Brunswick, and Fredericton and nearby Maugerville. Flood watchers say the river peaked and stabilized over the weekend. They hope it will recede in the coming days.

Near-record flooding forecast as Mississippi river rises

The Mississippi river is expected to crest just shy of a record in Memphis, Tenn. The peak is forecast to be 14.6 metres on Wednesday. That would come close to the record 14.8 metres in 1937. This spring, floodwater has swamped neighbourhoods and forced evacuations in the southern United States.

With files from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press

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