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Canadian military to stay on the ground in Quebec to fight floods

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces will stay in Quebec to help flood victims as this year’s spring thaw continues to wreak havoc in several areas across the province.

Thousands of residences still flooded across the province with hardest hit being Laurentians and Outaouais

A military vehicle drives along a flooded street as waters breach the Gatineau River and flood a neighbourhood in Gatineau, Que., in April. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces will remain in Quebec a while longer to help flood victims as this year's spring thaw continues to wreak havoc in parts of the province.

Soldiers were first deployed to the province April 19. They will continue to reinforce infrastructure protecting hard-hit municipalities.

Quebec Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault said Monday that it is "excellent news."

Brig.-Gen. Jennie Carignan said that restoring key infrastructure like water treatment plants, city halls and main roads are going to be their priority.

"Now that the crisis is behind us, we will offer our efforts to stabilize the situation," Carignan said.

Restoration work is expected to begin the week of May 21.

As of Sunday evening, Urgence Québec said 5,245 residences are flooded and 3,461 homes were inaccessible due to floodwaters.

A total of 7,452 people were currently forced out of their homes, the agency said.

The Laurentians and the Outaouais regions remain the hardest hit, accounting for nearly 4,000 of the flooded homes currently flooded in the province.

With files from Radio-Canada

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