Recalling Quebec's 2019 floods that left 10,500 temporarily homeless

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Recalling Quebec's 2019 floods that left 10,500 temporarily homeless
Recalling Quebec's 2019 floods that left 10,500 temporarily homeless

This Day In Weather History is a daily podcast by Chris Mei from The Weather Network, featuring stories about people, communities and events and how weather impacted them.


When you think of classic Quebec weather, snowstorms may be the prevailing mental picture. However, in 2019, the headlining weather event was extreme flooding.

The cause of the catastrophic flooding did start in the province's notable winter. It was a cold and snowy season, so the ground was frozen solid. Toward the end of Apr., it poured in areas of Quebec.

The residence of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge evacuated when a local dam seemed it wouldn't hold. On Apr. 27, some residence of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac evacuated when a dike broke.

Throughout the province, 310 municipalities were affected and 10,500 people had to leave their homes.

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As of Apr. 30, 9,070 homes and 273 businesses were flooded. The conditions also cause 82 landslides; 760 roads and highways were either completely destroyed or heavily damaged.

More than 1,000 soldiers were sent to support impacted areas. The Red Cross also set up respite stations to help those displaced by the floods.

The Quebec government provided $26 million to flood victims. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, $185 million worth of claims were filed as a result of the flooding.

To learn more about Quebec's 2019 flood, listen to today's episode of "This Day In Weather History."

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