Quebec's public security minister says flood situation improving gradually

Quebec's public security minister says flood levels are gradually dropping, particularly in the western part of the province.

Coiteux told a news conference this morning that Quebecers must be realistic and realize things will not improve overnight.

Floods in Canada have forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people from their homes and into emergency centers, officials said on Tuesday.

Quebec provincial police Sgt. Claude Doiron said Monday the heavy current pulled the auto toward the Sainte-Anne River in eastern Quebec and its occupants fell into the water when the vehicle flipped over.

Authorities are still searching for a two-year-old girl who disappeared in the same incident.

At least 10 municipalities across the province have declared states of emergency, with the latest being Deux-Montagnes, about 40 kilometres northwest of downtown Montreal.

"More than 90 per cent of all the troops are on the front lines working with firefighters, police officers and volunteers helping people".

James Taylor borrowed his friend's and said he's acting like a water taxi, bringing people around to check on their homes. 70 kilometers west of Montreal, where the waters have now begun to level off. Hundreds of homes have been swamped in Rigaud in the past three weeks. "But instead of pointing fingers, let's work together to help the citizens".

Goodale said the federal government was expected to announce, through Trudeau, it will contribute $1 million to a Canadian Red Cross fund.

The Galipeault Bridge in Montreal remains closed today, one of almost 500 roads in the province affected by the flooding.

The Quebec legislature will not sit on Tuesday, allowing members to stay in their respective ridings an extra day, while Montreal's agglomeration council will vote to extend the state of emergency in the area by five days.

One of the hardest-hit areas affected by the heavy rainfall over the last week was the City of Gatineau, Que., near the border of Ontario.

Officials said federal buildings in Gatineau, Quebec, would be closed, and employees who normally get to their offices via the interprovincial bridges in the National Capital Region were being asked not to go to their offices.

Earlier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the federal government will pay for the military-related costs.

In Atlantic Canada, some parts of New Brunswick recorded more than 150 millimetres of rain after a almost 36-hour non-stop downpour.

Meanwhile in British Columbia, two men remained missing as flooding continued to plague province's Interior.

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