Canada

Rain from Katrina washes out Quebec north shore roads

Several communities along Quebec's north shore remained isolated Thursday after heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Katrina washed out roads.

Several communities along Quebec's north shore remained isolated Thursday after heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Katrina washed out roads.

Luc Bourassa, spokesman for Transport Quebec, said several communities will remain cut off for at least a week.

In some communities, dozens of homes were evacuated as heavy rain forced rivers over their banks and overwhelmed municipal sewer systems.

Tadoussac, about 180 kilometres northeast of Quebec City, has been cut off after the road was washed out on both sides of the port town.

Transport Quebec said Route 138 most of the way up the north shore along the St. Lawrence River is cut in at least a dozen areas.

Route 172 north of Tadoussac is also washed out in several locations. Route 385 north of Forestville is closed completely.

Quebec provincial police said no one was injured in the washouts, even though large chunks of roads were ripped out by gushing water.

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