WATCH: Quebec's Mauricie region bracing for more heavy rain and flooding

Residents in Quebec's waterlogged Mauricie region are staying positive despite being told to expect more heavy rain and flooding in the coming days.

While floodwaters are receding in most parts of the province, Quebec officials say the Mauricie region could receive up to 59 millimetres of rain by next Monday.

That, added to the snow melt, high tides and winds, will make for a difficult situation, Quebec Environment minister David Heurtel said, speaking from Trois-Rivieres.

Five reservoirs in the region will work to contain the waterflow, but there are concerns Rte. 55/155 could flood.

“We’re looking at a rise, but not a substantial rise,” added Heurtel.

“We’re hoping for just a small rise.”

One resident, Ginette LeBrun, says she's lived near the river for years and she doesn't think the water will rise as much as the provincial government thinks it will.

Nearly 500 soldiers have been deployed doing what they can to help, but admit there's only so much they can do.

"With the amount of water, what we can do is help, but we cannot prevent flooding of all the houses", said Lt.-Colonel Francis Poitras, who spoke with CTV.   

Prime MInister Justin Trudeau and Premier Philippe Couillard surveyed flood zones from the air on Thursday.

They said Canadians will, unfortunately, have to learn to prepare to deal with flooding and other extreme weather events in the future.

"As we look to rebuild our communities, our homes, our infrastructures we're going to have to think about what we can do to rebuild better,' said Trudeau.

Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said that right now, residents in the Mauricie have to get ready.

“We have to pay particular attention to Lake St. Pierre and the Mauricie. 

The situation will stay high until the middle of next week,” he added. 

 

-With files from CTV News Montreal and the Canadian Press