Heavy rains lash Toronto; flights canceled, traffic disrupted

More than 130 communities in the province have been hit by flooding, with some 700 people forced to abandon their homes, but rainfall advisories have been lifted for Montreal and Toronto early Saturday.

"We know that the water level will not drop in the next few days".

"Water levels in the number of regions in Quebec are already at levels comparable to the worst flooding we've had in our whole history".

A special weather statement issued by Environment Canada Friday warned of significant rainfall still to come for much of the southern and eastern areas of the province of Ontario.

Torrential rains lashed parts of central and eastern Canada on Friday, causing flooding, flight delays and traffic disruptions, and the prime minister said the federal government was ready to provide help if necessary.

Quebec's environment minister said Friday that rain was expected to reach record levels through the weekend.

Across Quebec, almost 1,900 homes in 126 towns and cities have been affected and people have been evacuated from flood zones with the help of 1,200 troops.

Quebec needs additional resources to deal with what's coming, Coiteux added.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was in regular contact with provincial authorities.

Montreal police and firefighters were called on to help rescue some residents affected by the floods.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre tweeted Friday morning that as of 7:00 a.m., 450 residences in flood risk areas had been visited by emergency officials, 100 homes had been damaged and 65 residences had been evacuated.

Televised images showed residents filling sandbags across communities in Quebec, while people were evacuated by boat or canoe.

The financial aid provided by the government will allow for reimbursements for any protection that's needed, as well as the replacement of equipment and assets, Coiteux said.

"We've been abandoned", he said. "And we will of course be there as the cleanup continues after the waters recede".

In Toronto, Canada's largest city, officials said they might be forced to close the Don Valley Parkway - the major route in and out of the city - due to rising levels on the Don River, CTV news reported.

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