Flash floods kill two in Saguenay
For two days in July 1996, torrential rains pounded the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec and caused the worst flood in the province's history. The floodwaters were so powerful they swept away a whole shopping complex, ripped apart homes and buried cars under mud. Scientists said it was a natural disaster likely to happen once every 10,000 years. The government called it "an act of God."
So far about 1,000 residents without water, electricity or telephone service have evacuated their homes with the help of police and the Canadian Forces. Authorities say many more evacuations will follow.
• Geologists refer to the region as a "graben," which is a depression of the earth's surface between faults. This depression, coupled with the area's many rivers and lakes, makes it a natural spot for flooding.
• The region is made up of over 50 cities, towns and villages, the larger of which are Alma, La Baie, Chicoutimi and Jonquière.
Program: The World This Weekend
Broadcast Date: July 20, 1996
Host: Bernie McNamee
Reporter: Mike Armstrong
Last updated: September 11, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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