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Quebecers bracing for more rain and flooding in days ahead

1,400 residences have either been affected or are threatened by flooding, says Quebec’s premier

Water levels in Quebec remained relatively stable on Thursday as many people braced for heavy rain that is expected to fall over the next few days.

While most of the serious flooding has occurred in and around Montreal and near the Ontario border, areas in eastern Quebec were preparing to be hit hard by a combination of melting snow and more precipitation.

Premier Philippe Couillard said 132 municipalities and 1,400 residences have either been affected or are threatened by the flooding.

“We know that water levels won’t drop in the next few days,” Couillard told a meeting of province-wide municipal officials. “They will likely stay high or even get higher after the rain we’re going to get.”

Couillard said everything possible will be done to help people who are in danger zones.

Several major rivers across the province had overflowed their banks as of Thursday afternoon.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked about the flooding when he held a joint news conference in Montreal with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

“Our thoughts are with the families and communities affected by flooding here in Quebec and indeed across the country,” Trudeau said. “The strength and the support of neighbours and the first responders who’ve been there through difficult times for our communities has been excellent and is continuing to be extraordinarily valued.”

He said Ottawa has been in touch with provincial governments and is ready to provide help if it is required.

Environment Canada has said heavy rain is expected to fall in several regions of Quebec on Friday and Saturday.