Flood waters continue to grow in Ile Bizard
As the rain continues to fall, the Rivière des Prairies continues to swallow up more ground in parts of Ile Bizard, including Ile Mercier, a tiny island that sits right across the river from Ste. Geneviève on Montreal island, which the flood waters have all but consumed.
About 100 homes near the water's edge sit in up to two feet of water.
Vehicles loaded with belongings crash through flooded streets to find higher ground.
Resident Sonia Brown says neighbors have come together to try to save their homes.
"I'm just hoping they at least drop off some sand bags so I can at least start preparing," says Brown. "We gave ours to some people on the other side, usually first-come first-serve, but they had a three-month-old and I was like, just take it, you know, we're fine for now."
Ile Bizard mayor Normand Marinacci says they're facing a major problem.
"There's a shortage of sand bags," he says. "We're trying to find somewhere to have those sandbags but it's not easy you know because there's flooding all over the place, we're not the only ones."
Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said Friday he signed a decree allowing emergency funding to be available to local residents.
Coiteux says the flooding is the worst in the region since 1998 and he is asking people to leave their homes if asked by police.
He says Quebec is used to some seasonal flooding but this year is special because heavy rain has caused the water levels of rivers across the province to rise and threaten homes and other infrastructure.
Coiteux says provincial police and fire officials are patrolling the town, located just west of Montreal near the Ontario border.
He adds the weather is scheduled to improve over the weekend, which should help the emergency crews on site.
-Canadian Press contributed to this report.