Wet weekend brings flooding, accidents across Quebec
Flooding left cows at a Cookshire-Eaton farm in the Eastern Townships standing in a metre of cold water and losing their footing on the ice beneath. Radio-Canada
Quebecers are taking stock of the damage after a weekend of wet weather caused flooding and contributed to scores of accidents on roads around the province.
Parts of the Eastern Townships, the Montérégie and the Chaudière-Appalaches regions experienced flooding after rains and melting snow brought on by mild temperatures caused some rivers to overflow their banks.
Flood waters forced residents from a few homes in those areas.
Two farmers in Cookshire–Eaton in the Eastern Townships are assessing the damage after the Eaton River flooded their lands.
One of them, Pierre Dionne, said he awoke at 2:30 a.m. Sunday to find his potato and corn fields under close to a metre of water.
He couldn't give an estimate of the damage to his lands.
The results were even more devastating for Dionne’s neighbour, Marcel Roy — waters flooded his barn, leaving his cows belly-deep in water overnight. Many fell on the slippery ice under their hooves and couldn’t get back up.
“It wasn’t fun to see,” said Dionne.
Roy told CBC News that many of his cows were injured, and he fears that some will be sick after spending all that time in the water.
Quebec’s civil protection authorities said waters were expected to recede by the end of the day on Sunday.
They are still monitoring a number of rivers in the Eastern Townships, including Rivière au Saumon in Coaticook, the St-Francis River in Sherbrooke, and the Tomifobia River in Hatley.
These rivers aren't expected to flood if the rain holds off and the temperature drops.
Icy roads wreak havoc
Wet conditions led to icy roads and a number of major accidents around Quebec.
Icy conditions are suspected to have caused a multi-car collision Sunday morning on Highway 158 near Saint-Jacques-de-Montcalm in Lanaudière.
Six cars were involved in the chain-reaction crash, which started when a 19-year-old driver lost control of her car and hit another car head-on.
The young woman is in critical condition, and four others were also transported to hospital.
The accident forced the closure of Highway 158 between Grande-Ligne and Highway 341.