Montreal declares state of emergency as flooding worsens

The City of Montreal has declared a state of emergency due to rising floodwaters in numerous boroughs.

The decree allows the city to order mandatory evacuations.

It also gives the fire department, tasked with co-ordinating flood relief efforts, more powers to spend money, requisition private property and take other measures to protect homes.

Mayor Valérie Plante made the announcement at a press conference in Pierrefonds Friday afternoon.

She said that while the situation remains stable in the affected boroughs, such as Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Île-Bizard and the Ahuntsic-Cartierville, water levels are expected to continue rising as unrelenting rain pounds the city.

“We are looking at the situation minute by minute, hour by hour and if there is an evacuation that is needed then we will be doing it,” Plante said.

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