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Flood Update: Bridge Closure & More Rain

Flood Update: Bridge Closure & More Rain
Philippe Bonneville - 98.5FM

With a rainfall warning in effect for Montreal, there appears to be very little relief for flood-stricken areas in and around the city. 

As of Friday night, more than 3000 homes were flooded, there were more than 2700 isolated homes and about 1800 people had been evacuated. With the overnight rain and no break in the weather today, those numbers are likely to climb today.

Due to the rain and wind, the Galipeault Bridge, which connects Île Perrot and the island of Montreal along Highway 20, was closed early this morning in both directions. It's unclear when the bridge will reopen. Motorists will be detoured toward Highway 40 and Highway 30. Tolls for the 30 have been lifted for now.

Montreal declared a state of emergency yesterday. It’s a preventative measure that allows the city to order mandatory evacuations. It also gives the fire department more power to spend money, requisition private property and take other measures to protect homes. As of last word, areas like Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Île-Bizard and Ahuntsic-Cartierville were considered stable, but that could change anytime.

Call 911 in the event of an emergency, 511 for updates on road conditions and closures and 311 is open 24 hours a day for information. For more info on who to call and how you can help, CLICK HERE.

Rainy and windy conditions throughout the day, expected to clear out later tonight. For a detailed look at the current weather forecast, CLICK HERE.

Another hard-hit area has been Laval. CLICK HERE for more info.



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