Search for missing toddler continues in Quebec following worst flooding in decades


Rescue efforts continued Tuesday morning to find a two-year-old girl who was swept away in the Sainte-Anne River in Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

The girl and the 37-year-old partner of her mother were initially swept away into the river on Sunday after their car swerved off a road. Late Monday afternoon, rescuers recovered the body of the man.

Parts of eastern Canada have been dealing with extensive flooding following days of heavy rain late last week and over the weekend.

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This still frame image shows river flooding inundating a cemetery in Montreal.


The Canadian Armed forces said more than 1,600 troops are helping people in affected communities. Nearly 1,900 residents in 126 municipalities in Quebec have been displaced, the Associated Press reported.

A state of emergency was declared in Montreal on Sunday after three dikes gave way in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough, near the Rivieres des Prairies, the AP reported.

Quebec's Environmental Minister David Heurtel said officials haven't seen water levels this high in 55 years.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines said dry weather is expected over the next few days, along with moderating temperatures.

For areas around Montreal, the next chance of significant rain is toward the end of the week, he said.