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With more rain on the way, flooding continues in parts of Quebec

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Police attach a boat to their vehicle while dealing with flooding in Rigaud, Que. CBC

Police attach a boat to their vehicle while dealing with flooding in Rigaud, Que. CBC
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As heavy rains continue to batter parts of the province, authorities are on alert for additional flooding.

Some 53 municipalities have experienced enough flooding this week to qualify for provincial aid, according to a news release issued by the government on Thursday.

That's in addition to another 19 municipalities already eligible for financial assistance after being hit by flooding earlier this spring.

State of emergency

Most notably, Quebec provincial police are still patrolling the municipality of Rigaud, Que., where some residents were told to leave their homes on Thursday.

The municipality, located 25 kilometres west of the island of Montreal, declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon, as roads and houses began to flood.

About 150 people living in the areas of Baie de Rigaud, Pointe-Séguin, Rigaud sur le lac and Pointe à la Raquette were advised to leave.

Rigaud's mayor, Hans Gruenwald Jr., says with more rain falling on Friday, he can't guarantee emergency services to those who refuse to leave their homes.

Residents were advised to go to the local library if they need a place to go. Family pets aren't allowed in the library, but a number of local kennels offered discounted rates.

​If anyone needs to reach the municipality in the event of an emergency, they can call 450-451-0869, extension 235.

In Montreal, the city is keeping its website updated with the latest flood information.

In Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough, minor flooding impacts have been reported, but the situation is under control. In L'île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève borough, sandbags have been distributed to residents. The boroughs of Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue are listed as 'high-risk', but no flooding impact has been reported.

The Rivières des Prairies is also considered a high risk of flooding. In Laval, a group of volunteers is going door-to-door to inform residents in certain areas of Sainte-Dorothée and Laval-sur-le-Lac about the risk of local flooding.

More rain coming

In Montreal, Environment Canada is calling for more rain on Friday. It's expected to turn to drizzle on Friday afternoon.

Similarly, the Eastern Townships, Laurentians and Quebec City are all expecting more rain today.

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