More than 2,300 residences in Quebec have been flooded and about 1,200 people have been forced out of their homes, according to the latest numbers by UrgenceQuébec.
Some 600 Canadian soldiers have fanned out across province, filling and stacking sandbags as officials warn that floodwaters are likely to keep rising this week due to warming temperatures.
The soldiers are assisting hundreds of volunteers and municipal workers who are working to protect properties from the floodwaters.
Urgence Québec said Sunday that five major floods were threatening thousands of residents, many in the Montreal region, where officials are keeping a close eye on Mille-Îles River and the Rivière-des-Prairies — stacking sandbags and building makeshift dikes.
In downtown Sainte-Marie, Que., located in the province’s Beauce region, more than 900 homes have been affected by the overflowing Chaudière River. Neighbouring municipalities are also dealing with rising waters.
Parked cars are completely submerged in some areas and residents, trapped in their homes, have been rescued by boat.
As he surveyed the situation Sunday, Premier François Legault indicated the province may begin offering incentives for people to move out of floodplains because, he said, annual flooding ends up costing taxpayers every year.
“If we have to force people to move, we will have to do it,” he said.
This story originally appeared on CBC