Military helps in Quebec flood effort

Flooding in Gatineau, Quebec, 06 May 2017 (Instagram)

Days of rainy weather in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario have taken a toll on the region and Canadian soldiers have been asked to help.

High water levels have threatened hundreds of homes and at least 700 residents have been evacuated.

Ile-Bizard, west of Montreal, has been especially hard hit with sand bags helping to keep back rising water in some areas.

In New Brunswick, a low pressure system could bring 50-100 mm of rain to western areas of the province where rivers are already full of water this weekend.

Keeping an eye on N.B. rivers

Ice jam on Middle River causes flooding, 16 April 2016 (NB-EMO)

Emergency measures officials with River Watch in New Brunswick are closely monitoring the St. John River and say the only area currently above flood stage is near Jemseg.

Even with rain being forecasted by Environment Canada, water levels are expected to remain below flood stage for the rest of the week.

So far this spring, it has been relatively quiet along flood-prone areas of the St. John River system.

Along the Middle River, south of Bathurst, an ice jam created localized flooding and forced a road closure but water levels are receding.

Matthew finally weakens

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Flooding after Hurricane Matthew in Charleston, SC, USA, 08 Oct 2016 (Getty Images)

The U.S. National Hurricane Center finally downgraded Matthew to a post-tropical cyclone today after pounding North and South Carolina with strong winds, heavy rain and record flooding before moving east out to sea.

Matthew made landfall near Charleston, South Carolina yesterday as a category 1 hurricane after hugging Florida’s Atlantic coast.

Hundreds had to be rescued from floodwaters in the Carolinas including one woman who was forced to cling to a tree overnight before emergency workers arrived.

The most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade has claimed at least 20 deaths in the Southeastern United States and more than 900 in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti.

 

Severe flooding in Western Europe

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Seine River overflows in Paris, France, 02 June 2016 (Getty Images)


Water levels on the Seine River in Paris are decreasing after peaking earlier today at more than five metres above normal – a 35-year high.

However, French officials say it could be days before the Seine returns to normal.

Curators at the Louvre were scrambling to move tens of thousands of artworks from basement storage to safer areas upstairs.

Days of rain have soaked Western Europe and at least 16 people have been killed by flooding in parts of France, Germany, Romania and Belgium.

Historic flooding sweeps Southeast Europe

Flooding in the city of Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 16 May 2014 (Getty Images)

Flooding in the city of Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 16 May 2014 (Getty Images)

More than 200 mm of rain has fallen over parts of the Balkan Peninsula, the Balkans, over the past several days which has led to flooding not seen in 120 years of weather records.

The heavy rain has caused rivers to spill their banks in Serbia and Bosnia and has created landslides which have swept away homes and unearthed land mines from the 1990s Bosnian War.

A coal-fired power plant on the Sava River near Belgrade, which supplies half of Serbia’s electricity, is also in danger of being inundated by floodwaters.

More than 50 people have died in the Balkans and thousands more have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Historic covered bridge swept away

Cherryvale Bridge, before and after (GNB)

Cherryvale Bridge, before and after (GNB)

Covered bridges have been a storied part of New Brunswick’s history but one was lost on Wednesday.

The power of an ice jam and raging flood waters on the Canaan River swept away the Cherryvale Bridge – an 87-year-old covered crossing.

It is not yet clear when a new bridge will be built or if the provincial Department of Transportation will replace it with another covered bridge.

Southern N.B. inundated by floodwaters

RV dealership under floodwaters near Sussex, 16 April 2014 (Facebook)

RV dealership under floodwaters near Sussex, 16 April 2014 (Facebook)

Gateway Mall in Sussex, 16 April 2014 (Facebook)

Gateway Mall in Sussex, 16 April 2014 (Facebook)

A combination of heavy rain and melting snow forced many rivers and creeks to spill their banks across Southern New Brunswick today and the run-off often couldn’t be absorbed by the still partially frozen ground.

Many streets in Greater Moncton, especially in low lying or marshy areas, were forced to close or partially close due to floodwaters.

The Sussex area was especially hard hit after an ice jam in the nearby Kennebecasis River and the fast flowing Trout Creek forced water into the downtown area and nearby subdivisions in Sussex Corner.

Some residents had to be rescued by boat today after water surrounded their homes.

The flooding comes amid a dramatic temperature drop caused by a strong cold front which brought down the temperature in Greater Moncton from 15 C at 5-am to only 1 C by 1-pm.