Beauceville flood victims return home to mop up

People from Beauceville, Que. have the go-ahead to return home after flooding forced them to flee, but the cleanup is only just beginning for many.

Beauceville and 5 other municipalities get access to provincial emergency funds

Firefighters continue to monitor the seven-kilometre ice barrier that's formed over the Chaudière River to make sure it doesn't start to overflow again. (Radio-Canada)

about 200 Beauceville, Que. residents are returning after flooding forced them to flee their homes, but the cleanup is only just beginning for many.

An ice jam caused the Chaudière River to overflow overnight on Thursday, flooding the town located 90 kilometres south of Quebec City. 

Residents were awakened in the middle of the night, forced to leave their beds and homes for safety. 
Residents will get to discuss compensation for flood damages at a meeting on Monday evening with Quebec civil security department workers. (Radio-Canada)

By Saturday morning, the state of emergency had been lifted. Firefighters continue to monitor the seven-kilometre ice barrier that's formed over the river to make sure it doesn't start to overflow again.

All streets have been re-opened to traffic, and city workers are going door to door to make sure residents who've returned home are safe.

Quebec offers emergency funding

Municipal Affairs and Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux announced that Beauceville and five other municipalities in the Eastern Townships will be able to access provincial emergency funds. 
Flooded streets were shut down to traffic on Friday, but they've since been re-opened. (Radio-Canada)

"The situation provoked by the flooding of the past several hours in several areas of Quebec necessitated a rapid response from the government and its partners," Coiteux said during a tour of Beauceville.

"For that reason, I am a granting financial help without delay to the municipalities and citizens affected."

The town has invited residents to a meeting with Quebec civil security department workers on Monday evening to discuss compensation for flood damages. 

Coiteux did not say how much money would be available to the municipalities. 

The waters of the Chaudière River reached their highest point Thursday night, about six metres above their normal level.  Water levels have decreased since then, and by Saturday had dropped low enough that work crews could access the roads.

Compton, Saint-Ludger, Sainte-Cécile-de-Milton, Waterville and Wickham have also been granted access to the emergency funding.

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