An unseasonably warm weekend caused flooding in towns along the banks of Rivière des Prairies and the St. Lawrence Rivers, and the residents of some southern Quebec towns are nervously watching and waiting as nearby rivers swell.

Ste-Dorothée in southwestern Laval is experiencing minor flooding and the Bullstrode, Nicolet, Bécancour, Noire, l’Acadie and Yamaska rivers in southern and the region of Centre-du-Québec were at risk of overflowing. The warning was lifted late Monday morning.

Cows flooding

Flooding left cows at a Cookshire-Eaton farm in the Eastern Townships standing in a metre of cold water and losing their footing on the ice beneath. (Radio-Canada)

Hydro Météo, an agency that monitors water levels in Quebec, says most of the rivers are at higher levels than usual because of river movement and ice blockages caused by warmer temperatures.

“There are still some rivers that remain high or that are slowly rising. But the pressure is slowly diminishing, making ice movement less and less probable. So there’s less risk of jamming and flooding now,” says Pierre Corbin, director of operations at Hydro Météo.

Overnight between Saturday and Sunday, and throughout the day on Sunday, people living in parts of the Eastern Townships experienced flooding when the Eaton River overflowed.

Pierre Dionne, a farmer in Cookshire–Eaton, awoke early Sunday morning to find his potato and corn fields under close to a metre of mater. His neighbour Marcel Roy’s barn was flooded as well, leaving his cows belly-deep in water overnight and causing the animals to slip and fall on the ice.

Minor flooding in Ste-Dorothée:


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