Île Mercier submerged by flood waters
Emergency crews in Quebec spent Wednesday evening crossing the narrow bridge that leads from Île Bizard to Île Mercier looking for evacuees.
The small island off the tip of Montreal was submerged by the rising waters of the Rivière des Prairies.
“Right now it is a voluntary evacuation, we are going around to make sure people are safe,” Montreal Fire department spokesperson Christian Legault told Global News.
By late Wednesday night, only a handful of the people living in the approximately 50 homes on the island had chosen to leave with the help of rescue crews.
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After water levels rose about 8 cm overnight, 19 residents evacuated their homes while another 60 remained in their houses, according to Martin Guilbault, Montreal fire department operations chief.
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During the night, the bridge had to be intermittently closed as heavy waters covered the span, trapping those who chose to stay.
But firefighters kept watch on the other side of the bridge as police helicopters flew overhead.
“We will have people here all night and around the clock,” Legault said.
Several residents told Global News they will continue to stay in their homes unless public officials tell them they have to leave the island.
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