Floodwaters recede in Lanaudière, Quebec City regions

Things are slowly getting back to normal in several areas after flooding forced officials to declare a local emergency north of Quebec City.

Several homes evacuated and roads closed after heavy rain caused rivers to swell

Things are slowly getting back to normal in several areas after flooding forced officials to declare a local emergency north of Quebec City.

The community of Shannon was the hardest hit after the Jacques Cartier River burst its banks. The breach forced the evacuation of three homes and the closure of Jacques Cartier Boulevard and Dublin Road, roads which run parallel to the river.

"The river is now down at a level where it is off the road and we are still watching it, of course. We have continuous readings that keep coming in to us. We are just sort of waiting. We'll see if it goes back up," said Shannon Mayor Clive Kiley.

Kiley said the fire and public works departments remain on standby in case of an emergency, but said that the water appears to be going down faster than it rose up.

Residents in the Lanaudière region were also affected by flooding after heavy rains fell late this week. Washed out access roads trapped dozens of residents in their homes, but now water levels appear to be receding.