Quebec is expected to be spared from flooding this year

(Montreal) All indications are that Quebec will be spared flooding this spring, despite snow cover still being heavy in several regions.

Posted at 11:41 am

Pierre Saint Arnaud
The Canadian Press

However, the climatic conditions give cause for concern regarding forest fires.

The lack of sustained heavy rains and the cool nights that have characterized recent weeks have allowed southern Quebec to avoid major flooding.

As for the eastern part of the province, where snow cover remains significant, Civil Security said in an email to The Canadian Press that “melting snow alone will have limited impact on flooding. In order to have significant consequences, a lot of rain would have to be added. »

However, according to Environment Canada, no significant precipitation is expected in the short term, apart from light showers on Tuesday. After that, hot and dry weather is expected for the rest of the week. Despite the possibility of some rain this coming weekend, there is again little talk of significant amounts for all of Québec.

This means that there is little to fear even in regions that the civil security service has put “under surveillance due to significant snow cover”. These regions are Mauricie (for the Saint-Maurice river), Capitale-Nationale (for the rivers that have their source in the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve and Charlevoix), Saguenay, Côte-Nord and Gaspésie.

So far, civil security has only reported three minor floodings across Quebec, namely at Lake Maskinongé, at Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon in Lanaudière, at the Croche River, at the borders of Mauricie and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and the Harricana -River near Amos, in Abitibi.

Last year, southern Quebec was hit by a major drought in late spring after two consecutive years of major flooding in 2019 and 2020.

But if this situation allows one to have peace of mind about floods, it is very different with forest fires. The Department of Forests, Wildlife and Parks has also issued a ban on open fires in or near the forest in the Montreal, Laval, Montérégie, Estrie, Mauricie, Chaudière-Appalaches, Laurentians, Outaouais, Lanaudière, Centre-du-Québec, Capitale-Nationale, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Two wildfires are active, one of eight hectares in the MRC Antoine-Labelle in the Laurentians and one of just under one hectare in the MRC of Matawinie in the Laurentians. Both fires are under control.

Since the start of the season, SOPFEU has reported 69 wildfires affecting 73.5 hectares, compared to the ten-year average of 81 fires covering an area of ​​58.8 hectares.

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