Troops deployed to help with flooding in Quebec.


More than 400 soldiers headed to various regions of Quebec on Saturday to help cope with the heavy flooding caused by unrelenting rain in Central and Eastern Canada in recent days.

Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel said Friday that rain in the province was forecast to reach historic levels — “beyond the worst scenarios that have occurred in the last 55 years.”

More than 130 communities in the province have been hit by the flooding, with an estimated 1,500 homes affected and 850 people forced to evacuate.