The City of Montreal is declaring a state of emergency due to the threat of flooding in several areas.
Mayor Valérie Plante made that announcement in the borough hardest hit by flooding, Pierrefonds-Roxboro in Montreal’s West Island, Friday afternoon.
The state of emergency gives the city the power to seize land, to make evacuations mandatory and to put in place other flood prevention measures.
“It’s never our first choice to ask people to leave their homes,” said Plante at a 3:45 p.m. ET news briefing.
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So far, a dozen homes in the Pierrefonds district have been identified as needing to be evacuated immediately.
Municipal officials said firefighters have been coding homes with yellow or red stickers: yellow means a home is at risk, and red means a mandatory evacuation.
So far, 11 of the 12 homes identified with red stickers have been evacuated.
In Laval, residents of small islands ask to leave
The City of Laval is recommending the evacuation of several areas at high risk of flooding, as floodwaters continue to rise.
The city expects that rain in the forecast Friday night and on Saturday, mixed with melting snow, will raise water levels beyond those reached in 2017.
Residents living on Bigras, Parizeau, Verte and Roussin islands are strongly encouraged to leave their homes.
The same applies to residents of Laval’s main island, Île Jésus, living in areas designated Zone A.
The zones can be found on Laval’s interactive map.
More to come.
This story originally appeared on CBC