Quebec floods: Galipeault Bridge reopened after inspection

Drone video shows extent of flooding outside of Montreal
WATCH ABOVE: A drone video taken in Terrasse-Vaudreuil, west of Montreal shows the extent of flooding in the area. Terrasse-Vaudreuil was one of the hardest hit communities in the region.

The Galipeault Bridge, linking Île-Perrot to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue on Highway 20, has been reopened by Transports Quebec.

Officials reopened the bridge after an inspection determined the structure was safe and water levels had receded.

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Quebec’s public security minister says flood levels are gradually dropping, particularly in the western part of the province.

READ MORE: Flooding ravages municipalities across Quebec

Martin Coiteux says things are expected to get back to normal only at the end of the month.

WATCH BELOW: Flooding in Quebec

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Coiteux told a news conference Tuesday morning that Quebecers must be realistic and realize things will not improve overnight.

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So far, the heavy rains and melting snowpack across Quebec have flooded 2,733 residences, forcing the evacuation of 1,940 people in 171 municipalities.

READ MORE: Montreal, Laval declare states of emergency

Montreal has extended its state of emergency until the end of the week, giving the city the power to order mandatory evacuations.