Flood waters take a life in western Quebec after rising river sweeps away road

Flood waters have taken a life in western Quebec after a road was washed out by rising river levels.

Police in the Outaouais region confirmed the death on Twitter, along with a photo showing the extent of the washout.

Authorities have released few details about the victim, saying the nighttime accident in the Municipality of Pontiac, which sits along the Ottawa River about 40 kilometres west of the capital, is under investigation.

On Friday, both the Quebec and New Brunswick governments called for federal assistance, including Canadian Forces soldiers on the ground, as the provinces brace for heavy spring flooding over the weekend.

Quebec Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault told a news conference in Quebec City that the risk level hasn't changed in recent days, but authorities now expect the brunt of flooding will begin on Sunday and last longer than expected.

While the situation could change depending on the weather, Guilbault said she elected to ask for assistance as citizens scrambled to protect their homes while heavy rain warnings were in effect for much of southern Quebec.