Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes in Sherbrooke, QC, as the rising waters of the Saint-François River overflowed its banks today.
A fast spring thaw over the past week through southern Quebec, combined with steady rains that became downpours at times has forced far more water through the Saint-François River than usual for this time of year. According to reports, water levels as of this morning reached 7.5 metres, which is over four times higher than the normal 1.8-metre depth of the river, and the highest the river has reached since flash flooding in 1982 pushed river levels up to 7.9 metres, the highest on record.
600 people have been evacuated from their homes as officials in Sherbrooke, QC, which right along the banks of the river, closed down 24 roads in the city due to flooding.
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