Two of the three farmers in northwest Quebec have been evacuated from their homes by the flooding, while their cows are huddled together on a filthy puddle of puddles, covered with mud and broken branches.
There is a minimal possibility that they will be able to feed their herd, Kia Kapur told The Canadian Press, adding that he and his friends were close to losing their lives.
“At night they go and pump out their rooms,” he said. “But at the moment they can’t do that and it’s getting to a point where they can’t even walk to get through.”
Kapur told CBC News that he’s originally from Thailand, but he now lives in Laval, Que., along with his wife Marie and their children. Their temporary shelter is supposed to be a room above the store he owns.
The two-day downpour of rain that produced the flooding in the province was one of the worst in Canada for decades. Environment Canada said rainfall on Saturday alone was double the annual average.
Noreen Doucet, a spokeswoman for the regional administration in Rimouski, a Montreal suburb, told The Post that the flooding hit the area particularly hard. Doucet said while the number of injuries was not known, nobody died.
Doucet said the island of Montreal and its surrounding region are some of the heaviest rainfall-expectors in Canada.
“We’ve been lucky enough not to be hit so hard like this before, but I can see how these river basins are in Quebec — they’re very sophisticated for rain,” she said.
Doucet said she was trying to contact Kapur and his friends but was unable to speak to them. As of Sunday morning, they could be seen on his Facebook account, posting photo after photo of the floods.
“The situation is quite serious.”
Doucet said six homes have been severely damaged. As of Sunday morning, seven roads were closed.
“The people’s home are at risk,” she said. “It’s dangerous to drive on it.”
The West Shore town of Wayland, about 20 miles east of Quebec City, reported no injuries but said the situation was “worrisome.”
Flooding has also affected motorists, especially in the flooding and Manitoba city of Brandon, where drivers spent Thursday night trapped inside their cars. Officials later helped motorists out of their cars using boats and specialized equipment.
The city’s emergency operations center reported more than 40 roads had been closed and more than half of city-owned vehicles were under water.
“I never even thought it was going to be this bad,” Wanda Kennelly, who was stuck in her car in downtown Brandon for two hours, told the Winnipeg Free Press.