More soldiers join Quebec relief operation as flood waters drop
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More soldiers join Quebec relief operation as flood waters drop

MONTREAL – Another 100 soldiers have been brought in today to help the victims of a massive flood south of Montreal.

There are now 800 troops working in the Monteregie region, where more than 20 municipalities are affected by the flooding.

The soldiers are using inflatable boats to rescue stranded residents and sandbags to control the water.

Flood levels on the Richelieu River dropped slightly overnight but there are still about 3,000 homes flooded and about 1,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.

Authorities say they don’t expect major changes in flood levels before the beginning of next week.

There is also concern that waters are rising sharply in parts of central Quebec, which had previously been hit less heavily than the area near the U.S. border.

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