More rain forecast for flood-weary communities in Ontario, Quebec, N.B

Ottawa declares state of emergency due to flooding

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In the Ottawa area, where hundreds of troops have been deployed to help hold back the still rising floodwaters, officials put out a call yesterday for more volunteers to pack and stack sandbags.

Local conservation authorities have started to flag the possibility of 20 to 30 millimetres of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, just as water levels on the Ottawa River are expected to be peaking.

In New Brunswick, floodwaters have dropped and stabilized, but officials said they are anxious about more rain.

Canada's capital city of Ottawa readied on Friday for heavy flooding as rains were set to further engorge the swollen Ottawa River, while Montreal declared a state of emergency as it too braced for an inundation of flood waters.

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The City of Gatineau said water levels were at the 100-year flood threshold in Aylmer, Hull and Pointe-Gatineau, with levels in Masson-Angers to the east less than 10 centimetres from that level.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau has issued a ban on marine navigation in several areas, including a stretch of the Ottawa River between Ottawa-Gatineau and the Carillon generating station, as well as on Lake of Two Mountains, Riviere-des-Mille-Iles and Riviere-des-Prairies.

The water rose so quickly overnight that it left some cars on the street totally submerged, rising to the level of ground-floor windows in some homes, said Quebec provincial police Sgt. Daniel Thibaudeau.

Meantime, the Saint John River has been receding in Fredericton, where parts of the downtown core were underwater this week, but it's feared the rain this weekend will reverse that. Earlier predictions for major flooding between the US border and Winnipeg haven't come to pass because of less snowfall than expected in April and a slower than expected spring melt.

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Authorities told CNN that more than 3,100 homes have been flooded, and more than 1,100 residents have been evacuated.

And the government has said it's likely that the severity of the floods could be attributed to climate change.

He says he is willing to sit down with the communities to talk about what is needed to protect their homes or offer compensation to move to higher ground, things both Quebec Premier Francois Legault and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs are looking at as they also deal with flooding in their provinces. "Something is going on and we have to be conscious of it".

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