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How does Canada mitigate the impact of flooding Experts say better urban planning

Today 05:10 GMT

The director of the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance at Dalhousie University says provinces need to do more to mitigate the impact of flooding, by forcing residents to make tough decisions.

WATCH: Saint John attempting to connect those who need help and those who wish to volunteer during flooding. While acknowledging many people have long-enjoyed living on the water, the risks are increasing with the impact of climate change, according to Quigley.

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Source: CTV

Quebec officials warn of possible dam failure, forcing evacuation of 250 people

Today 06:05 GMT

Quebec public security officials called for the immediate evacuation of an area along the Rouge River west of Montreal on Thursday because of the risk a hydro dam could fail.

In Ottawa, Mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon, calling in the Canadian Forces to help with flood protection.

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South Africa: Dozens killed in devastating floods

Today 06:04 GMT

Around 70 people have been killed and some 1,000 displaced due to flooding in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Eastern Cape provinces.

More than 1,000 people in South Africa have had to leave their homes after heavy rains and flooding caused buildings to collapse and toppled electric wires. The weather service has warned that more rain is on the way.

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Flooded out and need a ride Just call New Brunswick’s ‘Uber Rob’

Today 06:05 GMT

Grand Lake, N.B. residents powerless as they watch flood waters overtake homes and cottages. That’s where Rob DeKany or ‘Uber Rob’ comes in: he ferries islanders back and forth from the island to the mainland from 5:30 in the morning until 11:00 at night, for free.

The silver lining to be found in a week’s worth of dark clouds and more rain on its way is a community that’s come together under less than ideal circumstances.

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Rising waters along St. John River force road closures, evacuations

Today 06:04 GMT

Water levels were predicted to reach 5.6 metres in Saint John Thursday as the provincial government warned residents that the waters are still expected to reach higher levels as the Saint John River continues to swell.

Rising St. John River to close portion of Trans-Canada Highway Wednesday evening. Officials reiterated previous warnings for residents to get out before conditions get worse.

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Ontario government cancels program aimed at planting 50 million trees

Today 06:04 GMT

Ontario is cancelling a tree planting program, with those involved warning the move will lead to the loss of jobs and environmental benefits that forests provide.

Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario, said since 2008 more than 27 million trees have been planted across Ontario through the program, which saved landowners up to 90 per cent of the costs of large-scale tree planting. It was started as a carbon sequestration program, Keen said, but planting that many trees also helps clean the air and water, protect shorelines and reduce erosion.

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City of Ottawa declares state of emergency as flood levels projected to rise above 2017 peak

Today 02:25 GMT

The City of Ottawa has declared a state of emergency as water levels along the Ottawa River are expected to rise above the flood levels in 2017 that were “devastating” to many communities bordering the river, Mayor Jim Watson announced on Thursday afternoon. Environment Canada earlier on Thursday issued a special weather statement warning of “significant rainfall” in the Ottawa area totalling 20-35 millimetres between Friday morning and Saturday morning.

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Quebec issues evacuation order in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge as dam could burst

Thursday 23:40 GMT

Quebec’s Public Security Ministry warns a hydroelectric dam in the Laurentians could fail due to flooding and has issued an evacuation order for the area.

Montreal on alert, Rigaud predicts historic water levels as flooding hits Quebec. Residents between the Chute-Bell dam and the Outaouais River are asked to leave the area immediately. The alert, which was launched at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, is in effect for the Grenville-sur-la-Rouge area near highways 50 and 148 and along Rouge River.

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

Today 06:05 GMT

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.

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.

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Massive flooding hits 2,500 homes, forces road closures in Quebec

Today 06:04 GMT

Severe spring flooding has hit nearly 2,500 homes and forced 919 residents from their homes as of Thursday morning, according to the latest information from Urgence Quebec.

Quebec authorities are bracing for the worst as flooding continues in several areas, including Montreal, Rigaud, Laval, Gatineau and the Laurentians. They say rain forecast for the coming days and melting snow could further raise the water levels in the span between Gatineau and Montreal.

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Source: CTV

To stay or to go Flood-weary Quebecers ponder leaving their homes

Today 00:35 GMT

As they grapple with their second bout of major spring flooding in three years, some Quebecers may soon have to contemplate what previously must have seemed unthinkable: leaving their homes.

Despite another flood coming so soon, Peloquin said he's not ready to think about leaving the big blue house by the water. Peloquin's usually idyllic street in Rigaud, 70 km west of Montreal, was more suited to the ducks and muskrats that swam freely in the water that filled the neighbourhood.

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Extreme weather, including widespread spring flooding, is ‘new reality’ of climate change: Trudeau

Thursday 17:16 GMT

As swathes of the country face yet another year of spring flooding, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the extreme weather is the “new reality” of climate change.

“At the same time, we have to reflect that with climate change, we’re going to see more and more of these extreme weather events more regularly. Flood-weary Quebecers on high alert as water levels set to peak Wednesday. “Once again, we’re here noting how the floods across the country are a challenge,” said Trudeau shortly after giving remarks in French in which he called the situation a “new reality.”

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Source: CTV

Rising Saint John River frustrating swath of southern N.B.

Thursday 17:16 GMT

As the swollen Saint John River rises in southern parts of New Brunswick, officials are warning residents of flood-prone areas to get out while they can.

The Saint John Emergency Measures Organization said water levels could reach 5.3 metres by Friday, and flooding and road closures could isolate some homes for five days or more.

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Ontario cottage country town declares state of emergency due to flooding

Thursday 15:25 GMT

A town located in the heart of central Ontario’s cottage country has declared a state of emergency due to rising water levels and widespread flooding.

As for surrounding areas, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in the Parry Sound District said a flood warning is in effect for the region, which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the Territorial District of Parry Sound, and a northwest portion of the County of Haliburton.

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Quebec homeowners say $200K offer to relocate from flood-prone areas not enough

Wednesday 20:56 GMT

Quebecers with homes built on flood plains say Premier Francois Legault’s $200,000 offer to move to a home in an area that is less susceptible to flooding is far from enough to get them to relocate.

More than 3,100 homes in the province have been struck by spring flooding with more than 1,400 people forced from their homes – many of them in the same areas devastated by flooding in 2017. The Quebec premier said that flooding compensation in the province will now be capped at a cumulative total of $100,000.


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