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Flood, wet and fears of high water: what Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick look like in a deluge

Flooding in Eastern Canada: Video shows devastation
Flooding in Eastern Canada: Video shows devastation

Residents of Central and Eastern Canada have found themselves taking transport by canoe on the streets of major cities amid flooding that has inundated communities in three provinces.

Communities in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are coping with heightened water levels that have forced authorities to pile sandbags and homeowners to move their possessions to higher ground to avoid them being damaged by the flooding.

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Here’s the situation in all three provinces:

Ontario

Southwest Ontario is set to face a Texas low-pressure system that is expected to bring rainfall of 20 to 45 millimetres from Thursday night into Friday.

Rainfall ranging from 20 to 35 millimetres is projected to hit the south-central and southern sectors of Ontario’s northeast, and southeast Ontario could see anywhere from 20 to 30 millimetres.

Flood warnings have been issued in numerous areas, including the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) districts of Bancroft, Kemptville, North Bay, Parry Sound, Pembroke and Sault Ste. Marie.

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City of Ottawa declares states of emergency
City of Ottawa declares states of emergency

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Warnings have also been issued in the conservation authorities for Crowe Valley, the Kawartha Region, the Lower Trent area, the Mississippi Valley, the North Bay Mattawa authority and the Otonabee Region, as well as Quinte, Rideau Valley and the South Nation River area — the latter includes the Ottawa River.

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The Ottawa River basin alone has experienced “significant rainfall” since April 18, putting “all flood-prone areas” from Lac Coulonge to the Montreal Archipelago at risk.

Peak levels on the Ottawa River could be similar to those that were recorded two years ago.

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Minden flood could reach historic 2013 levels
Minden flood could reach historic 2013 levels

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Flood risk in Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes region
Flood risk in Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes region
Some Bracebridge residents are being recommended to evacuate their homes after a state of emergency was declared due to flooding on Tuesday.
Some Bracebridge residents are being recommended to evacuate their homes after a state of emergency was declared due to flooding on Tuesday. Caryn Lieberman / Global News
A state of emergency has been declared in the Township of Minden Hills.
A state of emergency has been declared in the Township of Minden Hills. Mark Giunta/Global Peterborough
Flooding in the Township of Minden Hills.
Flooding in the Township of Minden Hills. Global News
Rising water levels from the Gull River flood Anson Street in Minden, Ont., on Thursday.
Rising water levels from the Gull River flood Anson Street in Minden, Ont., on Thursday. Mark Giunta/Global Peterborough
Flooding along the Gull River in Minden on April 24, 2019.
Flooding along the Gull River in Minden on April 24, 2019. Mark Giunta/Global Peterborough

Quebec

Some of the most serious flooding in Quebec is expected to hit the Rigaud area, which could see records that reach the 100-year mark before waters start to recede.

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But that alone doesn’t capture that magnitude of the flooding that has hit other parts of the province.

The community of Ste-Marie in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region has seen more residences flooded than any other, with 500 residences hit.

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It’s followed by St-Andre d’Argenteuil in the Laurentides region, where 169 homes have been flooded, and Gatineau, where 133 residences have seen flooding.

All told, there are over 2,500 residences that have been flooded across Quebec.

WATCH: Rigaud predicts historic flood level

Rigaud predicts historic flood level
Rigaud predicts historic flood level

WATCH: Île-Perrot under pressure as flooding continues

Île-Perrot under pressure as flooding continues
Île-Perrot under pressure as flooding continues
Workers install a temporary dam to hold back floodwaters Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Laval, Que.
Workers install a temporary dam to hold back floodwaters Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Laval, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A man hops in the water of a flooded street to get to a house on Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Ste-Marie Que.
A man hops in the water of a flooded street to get to a house on Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Ste-Marie Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Canadian Forces personnel wade through the floodwaters Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Laval, Que.
Canadian Forces personnel wade through the floodwaters Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Laval, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Workers build a dike with sandbags around a house in a flooded neighbourhood in Ile Bizard, Que., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Workers build a dike with sandbags around a house in a flooded neighbourhood in Ile Bizard, Que., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Police patrol a flooded neighbourhood on Ile Bizard, Que., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Police patrol a flooded neighbourhood on Ile Bizard, Que., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Members of the Montreal Police cavalry patrol a flooded neighbourhood on Ile Bizard, Que., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Members of the Montreal Police cavalry patrol a flooded neighbourhood on Ile Bizard, Que., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Mike Laurent (front) and Mario Vezina prepare to paddle a canoe through floodwaters, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Gatineau, Que.
Mike Laurent (front) and Mario Vezina prepare to paddle a canoe through floodwaters, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Gatineau, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

New Brunswick

Several communities are experiencing flooding in New Brunswick, but much of it is concentrated in the province’s southern areas.

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The provincial government has advised residents in communities such as Quispamsis/Saint John, Oak Point, Grand Lake, Jemseg, Maugerville and Sheffield/Lakeville Corner to “take all necessary precautions,” which includes protecting homes and moving belongings to higher ground.

The provincial capital of Fredericton, too, is seeing water levels that are projected to fluctuate in the coming days, but they’re not expected to recede until the end of the week.

WATCH: Grand Lake, N.B. residents powerless as they watch floodwaters overtake homes and cottages 

Grand Lake, N.B. residents powerless as they watch flood waters overtake homes and cottages
Grand Lake, N.B. residents powerless as they watch flood waters overtake homes and cottages

WATCH: St. John River’s high waters flood Fredericton’s downtown

St. John River’s high waters flood Fredericton’s downtown
St. John River’s high waters flood Fredericton’s downtown
Flood water from the St. John River pours over a retaining wall flooding a low lying street in Fredericton on Sunday, April 21, 2019.
Flood water from the St. John River pours over a retaining wall flooding a low lying street in Fredericton on Sunday, April 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray
Children look over the flooding of the St. John River in Fredericton on Sunday, April 21, 2019.
Children look over the flooding of the St. John River in Fredericton on Sunday, April 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray
A city building along the St. John River is surrounded by flood waters in Fredericton on Sunday, April 21, 2019.
A city building along the St. John River is surrounded by flood waters in Fredericton on Sunday, April 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray
Mark Palmer wades through the flood waters of the St. John River after tying his brother’s boat to the pole behind it so it wouldn’t float away as the water continues to rise in Saint John, N.B., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Mark Palmer wades through the flood waters of the St. John River after tying his brother’s boat to the pole behind it so it wouldn’t float away as the water continues to rise in Saint John, N.B., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray
A woman wades through the flood waters of the St. John River on the only access road to the Dominion Park community in Saint John, N.B., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
A woman wades through the flood waters of the St. John River on the only access road to the Dominion Park community in Saint John, N.B., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray
A vehicle drives through the flood waters of the St. John River on the only access road to the Dominion Park community in Saint John, N.B., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
A vehicle drives through the flood waters of the St. John River on the only access road to the Dominion Park community in Saint John, N.B., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray
Stephane Gauvreau takes a photo of his daughter Katherine, 5, next to the high water markers for the St. John River in Fredericton on Sunday, April 21, 2019.
Stephane Gauvreau takes a photo of his daughter Katherine, 5, next to the high water markers for the St. John River in Fredericton on Sunday, April 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray