Nun dies in Sherbrooke flooding

A 66-year-old nun is dead after days of torrential rain caused major flooding in the city of Sherbrooke, in Quebec's Eastern Townships.

Roads closed, homes evacuated across Eastern Townships after heavy rains

Authorities closed major roads into Sherbrooke because of flooding. ((CBC))
Torrential rain over the past two days has caused major flooding across Quebec's Eastern Townships, killing at least one person.

More than 95 millimetres of rain have fallen in the region, which includes the city of Sherbrooke in the last 24 hours, causing nearby rivers to spill their banks.

A 66-year-old Sherbrooke nun plunged to her death Friday morning while trying to track down a leak on her roof. The woman, who lived on Évangéline Street, fell several metres from a ladder as she tried to climb down, according to eyewitnesses.

About 100 people were forced out of their homes because of high water levels in the Saint-François River, which rose to seven metres on Friday.

Transport authorities shut down at least two major arteries into the downtown core, Saint-François North Street and Grandes-Fourches Street because of water accumulation.

Officials at Bishop's University in the Lennoxville borough shut down the campus, sending students and staff home because of flooding in several buildings.

Route 108 leading to the university is also closed to traffic, as is Route 143 between Windsor and Sherbrooke's Brompton borough, and Route 214 in Scotstown.

City officials took over the Eugène-Lalonde Arena to shelter people affected by the flooding.

Environment Canada says the rain — remnants of tropical storm Nicole — should subside Friday night.

Flooding was reported across Quebec's greater Eastern Townships region. ((CBC))