As the spring thaw raises water levels across the province, flood watches have been issued for rivers in Montérégie, the Richelieu Valley, the Eastern Townships and Central Quebec. 

The alternating cool and warm temperatures over the past few days has led to gradual increases in river levels, which can cause ice jams and overflowing. 

The Acadia River has overflowed near the town of Carignan because of a 1,500 meter long ice jam, flooding roads and fields.

Evacuations

Two adults and two children were forced from their home in Carignan after being surrounded by water. The family was moved to safety by a team of firefighters specializing in water rescues.

Firefighters are asking people to stock up on 72 hours-worth of provisions, including food, medication and batteries for flashlights.

In Delson, an ice jam in the Turtle River has caused a 200 cm discharge, and jams upstream on the Acadia River may cause flooding during the day.

A new ice jam has been spotted on the Huron River near Stoneham, where water levels are starting to rise.

In Châteauguay, authorities have started breaking up the ice to prevent flooding.

Quebec's Lifesaving Society is asking people to be careful around rivers, and for snowmobilers to check ice thickness before going out on frozen bodies of water.  

The organization says April is the month when most accidents relating to ice occur.