Quebec’s Transport Ministry shut down a major traffic artery in the Montreal area early Saturday morning due to rising water levels.
The Galipeault Bridge, which connects Île Perrot and the island of Montreal along Highway 20, is closed in both directions.
The bridge isn’t flooded at the moment, said Transport Ministry spokesperson Émilie Lord, but the wind and rain in the forecast is making the situation increasingly unsafe.
It’s unclear when the bridge will reopen.
Motorists can still take Highway 40 to the north, through Vaudreuil-Dorion to Highway 30 as an alternate route. The tolls on Highway 30 have been cancelled for the time being.
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Transports Québec is asking drivers in the area to stay home if possible.
Water to reach 2017 levels?
The Greater Montreal area is under a rainfall warning, with up to 60 millimetres of rain expected to fall throughout the day.
That precipitation, coupled with the snow melt in areas north of Montreal, could result in a significant rise in water levels, which could surpass what was seen in 2017, said Thomas Blanchet, spokesperson for the province’s Public Security Ministry.
According to the latest numbers from the Quebec government, 3,000 homes are flooded across the province and almost 2,800 are cut off by floodwaters, forcing about 1,800 people from their homes.
On Friday, Montreal declared an island-wide state of emergency, giving the city the power to seize land, to order mandatory evacuations and put in place other flood prevention measures.
In Montreal, 75 homes have flooded. Eleven homes have been evacuated in the Pierrefonds–Roxboro neighbourhood.
This story originally appeared on CBC