Saguenay flood victims camp out in La Baie
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."
Even though the initial panic is over, some of the evacuees' loved ones remain missing and there is still confusion over how many people have died in the flood.
• The Quebec government also cites two deaths, while Environment Canada and Canadian Geographic magazine claim 10 died as a result of the flood.
• About 16,000 evacuated their homes during the flood.
• In the four weeks following the disaster, CFB Bagotville served 40,000 meals at its evacuation camp.
Broadcast Date: July 22, 1996
Host: Shelagh Rogers
Reporter: Mike Armstrong
Last updated: May 3, 2013
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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